By Omari Sankofa
JACKSON, MI — Homer, resident Samantha Webster wants her daughter with cerebral palsy, Sonya, to have a great birthday party.
A local fraternal organization stepped up to help make that goal a reality.
Sonya Webster was born 11 weeks early and has cerebral palsy and sensory processing disorder. Samantha asked Sonya, who will turn 10 on August 23, if she wanted a birthday party.
Sonya responded that she doesn’t want a party because she doesn’t have any friends. Other children, Samantha said, often tease Sonya and give her a hard time.
Heartbroken, Samantha turned to Facebook, requesting that people send Sonya cards for her birthday to show love and be her friend.
Jeff Olney, a Jackson resident and member of the Local Eagles 612, the Jackson chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, took notice of the Facebook post after it was shared by WLNS’s Facebook page.
Sonya is a huge fan of motorcycles. An avid motorcyclist, Olney began reaching out to different motorcycle groups across the state of Michigan to help.