Boy with Autism Receives Thousands of Rainbow Images Via Facebook After Being Orphaned
Robbie Ecuyer 9-year-old has received thousands of rainbow images from across the globe, after Crystal Skawinski his aunt took to Facebook to seek some solace for her recently orphaned nephew Robbie.
Both of Robbie’s parents died same month. On May 2nd the mother died of gastroparesis and cystic fibrosis, while his father followed the course, three weeks later dying from drug overdose. The orphaned boy is now living under the custody of his aunt, Ms Skawinski.
37-year-old Skawinski with tears recalled: “The first loss, my sister, was hard enough”. “He lost his bedroom, his toys, his mom, his dad and everything that was consistent in his life. Robbie is autistic and the consistency in life is what [he is] used to, so all of that was taken away.”
After the loss of his mother, his father tried to comfort him by saying that “she has gone over the rainbow bridge.” Whenever he saw one it made Ecuyer very happy.
Skawinski added: “When he didn’t get a rainbow one day, I just went on Facebook and started asking for them.”
“#rainbowsforrobbie” became a trend from July 22, when Skawinski first posted: “It’s raining so Robbie came out to check for rainbows. Make sure you send me rainbow pics if you have them!!!!”
On her second post, Skawinski shared: “Today this was Robbie outside in the rain hoping to see a rainbow. He’s been told his parents have gone over the rainbow bridge and he looks for them eagerly. Robbie is autistic. I love showing him rainbows so if anyone has any rainbow pics (especially double rainbows) you can always message me or put it in the comments. Then he can see rainbows around the world.”
Skawinski shared, right after receiving thousands of images from Paris, Niagara Falls, Norway and even Taiwan “It’s very comforting knowing that so many people have reached out to him with the simple request of a rainbow. It’s like he has a whole world behind him now.”