David Bloch stopped speaking at age 4, when he was diagnosed with autism, and now, at age 21, he typically speaks in single words and only when prompted. Sometimes he goes days without speaking at all, his mom Kerry Bloch says. That's why she was so surprised when, on Wednesday, he asked his first-ever question: "Would someone like me?" As Kerry Bloch explains to BuzzFeed, in addition to autism, her son has a severe immunodeficiency disorder that has required him to be isolated from other people in order to avoid being infected with an illness. The question broke Kerry Bloch's heart, but the response has put it back together. She posted the question on Twitter, where it went viral, racking up more than 72,000 likes so far—plus a ton of heartwarming responses, including one from Rosie O'Donnell, per Fox News.
People from all over the world responded, declaring that they like him and would love to be his friend. Kerry Bloch says she's been reading every single message to David. "I would show him the responses, the little GIFs, the pictures people were sending. He didn’t answer much, but he would say ‘pretty’ and ‘nice.’ You could see him just smiling. I’ve never seen him smile so much in my life." She later posted a photo of David holding up a sign he wrote reading, "Thank you friends for liking me," and said he wants to reply to every single person. Among the responses was one from the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team the Florida family loves; a few weeks ago, David said his first unprompted sentence, and it was "I love Jaguars." The team even apparently sent the family breakfast. "People are always saying, ‘Twitter’s evil, Twitter’s horrible,'" Kerry Bloch says. "I say, ‘No, it’s what you make it.'" (Read more uplifting news stories.)