Hundreds of well wishers help Elk Grove boy with autism mark 13th birthday

An Elk Grove boy's birthday wish came true hundreds of times over.

Aidan Aguilar, whose autism has proven an obstacle to developing close friendships in his preteen years, was inundated with birthday cards wishing him a happy 13th birthday after his mother, Megan, solicited greetings for her son via Facebook.

The Elk Grove Police Department kicked off Aidan’s birthday celebration Thursday morning, dispatching six motorcycle officers to his home to deliver a giant birthday card, Megan said.

“He was amazed,” she said. “He was saying, ‘This is so cool!’

As of Thursday afternoon, Megan said, her son had opened 1,467 birthday cards sent by strangers from across the United States and abroad. Because of homework, he hasn’t had time to open all the cards he’s received. Two bins of unopened mail still await his attention. She estimated the total number would be around 2,000.

Fellow students at Harriet Eddy Junior High have shared Aidan’s delight in the recognition he has received, his mother said.

Megan said the family accepted Lamppost Pizza’s offer to host Aidan’s birthday dinner. The family planned to pick up pizza for at-home festivities Thursday evening.

Asked about the prospects for a similar outpouring of wishes for his 14th birthday, Megan said neither she nor Aidan expects a repeat next year.

“I told him he’s gotten his 5 minutes of fame,” she said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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