Tavares and Marner planning birthday surprise for boy after friends no-show for his party

4 novembre 2019
Birthdays can be a bit of a mixed-bag. For some, there is laughter, good food, great company and plenty of memories. For others, there is only anticipation, leading to disappointment. The latter is what young Kade Foster experienced on the evening of his birthday when none of his friends showed up to his birthday party. It was a day, I'm sure, that the 11-year-old from Corner Brook, N.L. would like to put in his rearview mirror.

In an attempt to lift his son's spirit, Jason Foster took to Twitter, early the next morning, to ask friends and followers to show Kade some love, even tagging Kade's favourite team (the Maple Leafs) and his favourite players (John Tavares and Mitch Marner), hoping that maybe the team, JT or Marner might at least say "happy birthday".

What happened next was absolutely heartwarming. By Sunday evening, Jason's tweet was shared over 20,000 times and received over 42,000 responses! Though that showing of support was unprecedented, to say the least, some in particular who took the time to reply were a little extra special for Kade. Both Marner and Tavares were among those who showed some love, even teasing a special birthday surprise that is on its way to Kade's house!

On top of Marner and JT showing Kade some love, Morgan Rielly, Auston Matthews and Andreas Johnsson were among other Maple Leafs players to reach out. In addition, actors Will Arnett, Mark Hamill and Ben Stiller also sent Kade their best wishes. Even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wished the youngster a happy birthday!

Jason was elated by the support that his son had received from everyone on Twitter, so he took the time to tweet a follow-up to show his family's love and appreciation for all those who showed some love to Kade and helped turn a forgettable birthday in the most memorable birthday so far.

Source: CBC Sports
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