Editor's note: Colin will be on Good Morning America Friday, March 7 for a surprise birthday party. He thinks he is coming to Times Square to play video games.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (ABC News) -- What's the best birthday present you ever received? Probably not 2 million "likes" on Facebook. That's how 10-year-old Colin Cunningham will ring in his 11th year, thanks to a heartfelt effort by his mom, and millions of kind people around the globe.
The Michigan boy suffers from Asperger syndrome—a highly functioning form of autism—and spends most days eating his lunch in the school office and being picked on by classmates.
So when Colin's mom, Jennifer Cunningham, asked her son if he wanted a party to celebrate his March 9 birthday, he told her there is no point, since he has no friends.
Well, one Facebook page and 11 days later, the Richland, Mich., boy has found more friends than anyone could meet in a lifetime.
Jennifer Cunningham launched the "Happy Birthday Colin" Facebook page on Feb. 2. As of press time, the site has garnered 1.7 million likes, and a whole lot of conversation.
"I created this page for my amazing, wonderful, challenging son who is about to turn 11," Cunningham wrote on the page. "Because of Colin's disabilities, social skills are not easy for him, and he often acts out in school, and the other kids don't like him."
She envisioned the page as a place where family, friends, and strangers could send Colin positive thoughts and encouraging words, which Cunningham believes "would be better than any birthday part."
The page has been inundated with comments, likes, well wishes, and warm regards from users around the world—all of which Cunningham hopes to keep secret from her son until his 11th birthday in more than three weeks.
"Then I am going to show him and let him know that he DOES have friends, from all over, that care about him," she wrote early this month.
Colin, a fifth grader in Michigan who hopes to become a pastor, comedian, or missionary, loves his Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon, and Doctor Who, according to his mother, who has shared tidbits of information about him, as well as amusing stories and videos.
"I woke up this morning and saw that all the little red notification flags on this page were bearing numbers larger than I have ever seen them have," Jennifer Cunningham wrote on Tuesday. "I can't believe how big my little page has gotten!"