Why 300 People Had a Water Balloon Fight With This Boy With Apraxia

Camden Eubank was excited to celebrate his 10th birthday on July 6, but his mom, Traci Eubank, was worried about throwing a party and having only a few people show up, according to her Facebook post.

Camden has childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), a motor speech disorder, and it’s difficult for him to make friends, his dad, Wayne Eubank told WDBJ.

But when his parents made a Facebook page announcing Camden’s water-balloon-fight party, just a week before his birthday, more than 5000 quickly liked it.

I know all kids should learn disappointment in life- but sometimes other kids are so cruel. Camden is turning 10 on...

Posted by Camden's 10th Birthday Party- An Open Invitation on Sunday, June 28, 2015

Even more buzz came from Reddit.com, a the site nicknamed the “front page of the Internet.” The Eubanks don’t know who initially posted the party announcement to Reddit, but they were excited to see it get more than 4,000 upvotes. Reddit users from as near as Camden’s hometown in Roanoke, Virginia to as far as Singapore and Canada commented, hoping to make Camden’s birthday extra special. Cards and packages started arriving at the Eubank’s home soon after the post went up.

And somehow, the story got even better.


Two people sent Camden Blake Shelton concert tickets and included some money for Camden to buy a Blake Shelton T-Shirt. Camden dreams of becoming a country music singer, his mom wrote on her Facebook post.

Cam is walking on air- he just got his Blake Shelton tickets and they also gave him an envelope full of money that he's...

Posted by Camden's 10th Birthday Party- An Open Invitation on Friday, July 3, 2015

The water balloon fight party attracted 300 guests, from family and friends to complete strangers who’d heard Camden’s story. The 10-year-old even got a special birthday wish from Senator Mark Warner:

Hi Camden, wanted to wish you a happy 10th birthday! I wish I could be there for the “ultimate water balloon fight” – sounds like a blast!

Posted by Senator Mark Warner on Thursday, July 2, 2015

“With all the stuff that goes on in the world … you just can’t believe when something this good comes along,” Wayne Eubank told The Roanoke Times. “We just asked for a simple water battle and for some people to come to it. We got more than that.”

See more photos from Camden’s birthday festivities below:

A Special thank you to Aarika @ https://www.facebook.com/technicolorcakes?fref=nf&pnref=story

Posted by Camden's 10th Birthday Party- An Open Invitation on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Apraxia

How My Son's Speech Therapy Ended Up Helping Me

It was an agonizing, gnawing fear. What if my son didn’t get the help he needed?  For months my husband and I had been concerned about our toddler’s lack of speech. People kept telling us to give him time and he would magically start speaking one day. Everyone had a story to this effect about [...]
boy with hands on either side of his head

10 Things Parents of Kids With Apraxia of Speech Wish You Wouldn't Say to Us

My son has childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).  These are the top 10 things, from my experience, I wish others wouldn’t say upon meeting children like mine. 1. He will grow out of it.  Really? Are you sure? Google “CAS,” and get back to me on that. 2. Oh, you know Einstein didn’t talk until age 3! He’ll talk when [...]

40 Boys Put on Suits to Stand Up for Their Friend. It Worked.

Jennifer Keefe’s 10-year-old son, Timothy, came home from school last November and asked his mom to take him out to buy a suit. Keefe was taken aback. She was used to her 6-year-old son, Danny, wearing suits — he’d been attached to them since the Christmas before, when his mom bought him a red shirt [...]

An Open Letter to a Child With Autism, From a Teacher

Dear ________, You may not know it, but you are on my mind more than you may think.  I think about you all the time. I see you. I want to help. I try to honor your inner landscape and intervene, not overpower. I try to talk with you, not at you. That’s why I [...]