A teen who says he’s often the target of bullies was planning on celebrating his 13th birthday alone, but when his community found out, hundreds turned out to make it a day he’ll never forget.

William Morales of Port St. Lucie, Florida has autism and dreaded the start of the new school year.

“The whole summer William was panicking saying, ‘I don’t want to go to school. I don’t want to go to school,'” mom Tricia Morales told WPEC. “Last year was awful.”

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She said William gets bullied often at school. For his birthday, Morales decided to make it all about William and other kids like him.

“I don’t want to make it about just my son,” said Morales. “I want to make it about all the kids that suffer just like my son does.”

CrowdFunnit came together to make the day extra special for William. The organization organizes children’s parties across the country to “help fight back against bullying.” According to WPEC, 1,300 volunteers came together to make the event special. Volunteers dressed up as superheros and movie characters to make the occasion special.

William’s family said the event was a big confidence boost and something he’ll never forget.

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