Young girl shares her heartbreaking story of losing her mum on her sixteenth birthday. “You want to know how awesome my Dad is? He went to court and tried to legally change my birthday.”

Sharing her story on the Humans of New York Facebook page she said,

“My mum died of lung cancer on my sixteenth birthday. My birthday is actually coming up—this Saturday. Before she passed away, I was a good student and everything. I was probably going to get a scholarship for singing. But I stopped caring after that. My mum was my biggest fan. Even when she was really sick, she came to my singing recital in a wheelchair, with her hair falling out of her head, and she sat on the front row. I quit singing after she died. There was nobody to sing for anymore.

My Dad raised us. And he was wonderful. You want to know how awesome my Dad is? He went to court and tried to legally change my birthday. Just so I wouldn’t have to go through it every year. It turns out you’re not allowed to do that. But he tried.”

HONY has over twenty million followers on social media, and provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City. Over the past five years, it has also expanded to feature stories from over twenty different countries.

The post has touched thousands around the globe. Many of the comments are encouraging her to sing again for her mum. And what an awesome dad indeed!

Such a touching story.

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  • what a lovely thing to do her dad was trying to do. even though its against the law, i wonder if it wouldnt hurt if they decided to have a date chosen for her birthday and use it to celebrate not on her actual birth date? dont stop singing, you can always sing in memory of your mum.


  • Does he think she won’t remember her original birthday the fact she was 16 years old? It was a beautiful thought. Pity it is against the law.


  • A lovely gesture for the Dad to try and change the birth date.


  • What a wonderful dad this young woman has. Perhaps she should think of singing for him.


  • Sometimes it’s really difficult indeed. I had my first threat of miscarriage the night before my birthday. And for the next 3-4 years, I wasn’t in any mood to celebrate my birthday, because it was always reminding me of that. The thirst sign and then the miscarriage.
    I hope this young girl will start singing again. It would mean that her heart is slowly healing.
    Her dad has been amazing! :-)


  • I understand why he tried that. It would be difficult.


  • He doesn’t need to change her birthday legally. They could just choose another day to celebrate, perhaps the anniversary of something with her mum.


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