Today I met an extraordinary young man, his family and the band that featured him in a music video about bullying. They were all at Disneyland today, and set up an informal “meet and greet” in Downtown Disney. I have followed his story on FB for over a year now and I wanted to meet him in person. Did I mention that he wears bow-ties and is a Doctor Who fan? How adorable is that?
Here is his story, written by his mom, Jennifer on a FB page she created almost a year and a half ago.
Well, something wonderful happened. Josh Elliott, who was an anchor on Good Morning America, caught wind of the story and talked about it on the morning program. Within a few days, it went viral, and Colin’s FB page had 2 million followers! That’s right, 2 million! I am happy to say that I am one of those followers. The page was originally called “Happy Birthday Colin”, but has since been renamed “Colin’s Friends” because people wanted to keep following this wonderful family way after his birthday had come and gone.
In June of 2014, an amazing local Southern CA band, Galvanized Souls, asked Colin to be the star of their video for a song called “Carry On” that they wrote about bullying. It is really an inspirational song that you will LOVE! You can purchase it on iTunes. There is also a follow up video that shows the “behind the scenes” making of the video that is fantastic, too! You should check them both out!
Colin gives speeches now about how important it is to be kind to each other. This year on his birthday, he asked that all of his friends commit random acts of kindness on his birthday. He dubbed it “Be Kind Day”. Imagine that - his friends all doing something kind for others, what a ripple effect that created!
Colin is such an inspiration to me. Even though people were being mean to him at his school, he always wants to do kind things for other people. He had these wristbands made (see mine in the picture above) that he hands out to his FB friends he runs into when they are out and about. Galvanized Souls has their own wristbands too! When I look at these bracelets, it will be a reminder to always “be kind”; you never know what someone is going through.
Isn’t it amazing how one person’s act can change so many lives? We are all better people for being friends with Colin.
I am Colin’s Friend…