Because Whitaker Weinburger in Virginia has been fighting stage-4 neuroblastoma since he was just 13 months old, he never had the chance to celebrate his birthday with a party with friends and family. But he’s been stable for a year now. So his parents wanted to make this birthday extra special for him.
And when they asked him what he wanted for this very special birthday, he simply answered “100 Bumblebees”.
But don’t get confused. He wasn’t talking about large fuzzy insects. He was talking about the Transformers character Bumblebee. Whenever he sees a yellow car on the street, he thinks it’s the heroic robot in disguise.
So his parents put out a call on social media asking neighbors and friends to bring their yellow cars to their neighborhood on the morning of his birthday. They asked that if anybody could help make it happen, they wanted to see their son experience a miracle as big as he is.
So before dawn on the big day, motorists traveled from places as far as West Virginia, New York, DC, and southern Virginia to line up on the road where the family would walk to preschool that morning. When the door opened, not only were there yellow cars of all shapes and sizes, there were taxis, and even a dump truck!
The yellow rainbow stretched for a full mile. For the hundreds of neighbors who didn’t have a yellow vehicle, they simply put on their brightest yellow clothing and took to the streets to cheer for Whitaker.
Paramount and Hasbro heard about the buzz on social media and sent boxes filled with gifts and goodies. The family was overwhelmed with gratitude for the sunny display of yellow love.
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