What to Know
- Robbie's mom died May 2; his dad died May 24, and his aunt became his legal guardian a day after that
- According to aunt Crystal Skawinski, 9-year-old Robbie loves rainbows -- and Skawinski asked for help making him smile
- Since a July 24 Facebook post, Robbie has gotten thousands upon thousands of photos of rainbows sent to him from across the globe
Robbie, a 9-year-old boy with autism from upstate New York, loves rainbows -- and when his parents died weeks apart -- his aunt, now his legal guardian, asked the world for help making him smile.
The world responded.
Crystal Skawinski has been Robbie's legal guardian since May 25, a day after his father died of an overdose and 23 days after his mother lost a long battle with a gasteoparisis and cystic fibrosis. Skawinski says Robbie has been told his parents went over the rainbow bridge -- and he looks for them eagerly. So on July 24, Skawinski put a post on Facebook soliciting rainbow photos from around the world.
As of Friday, she had gotten nearly 6,000. And Skawinski says she has been floored by the touching responses.
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"I'm speechless. This doesn't happen to regular people," she wrote on Facebook early Sunday. "Thanks big sis for making your son a part of the world and to touch thousands of hearts. We miss you guys SO much. Hope you are enjoying Heaven!"
Skawinski also pledged to make her sister and brother-in-law proud as a parent to their little boy.