By Matt Ray
Danville, VA – Folks celebrated a very special birthday in Danville Saturday afternoon. Last week, ABC-13 told you about 15-year old Tate Malone.. who has cerebral palsy.
Tate said all he wanted for his birthday was lots of cards. Tate’s mom says since our story aired Monday, Tate has gotten close to ten thousand birthday cards. They’ve come from as far as China and South Korea.
Saturday, at his 16th birthday party, the walls were decorated with music notes and just a few of the cards from around the world.
Tate’s favorite thing is music and he was all smiles as he was treated to a special gospel performance. People who had never met Tate’s family drove hours to personally deliver cards and gifts. Tate’s mom says the love and support has meant the world to Tate.
“Each night we do a little bit with him and he just bursts out laughing and then we put the song on, ‘Happy,’ because they sing it in school in class. And his shoulders were just going up and down. He was so tickled. He was just bursting out laughing,” said Tambra Malone.