A friendship that knows no differences

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ROCKFORD (WREX)- We all put up our own guards in life, guards that may keep us from making friends.

“It feels like it has been a long time coming now,” said Andy Yastrab awaiting his son Adrian’s fifth birthday party.

“Finally put a face to the name, we’ll see how he interacts with her, I hope it’s good,” he laughed, adding more about his son’s interactions with a young girl named Olivia.

Olivia and Adrian have become best friends in school.

“He talks about her all the time,” Yastrab added. “Olivia, it’s always her.”

So, he and his wife Megan had to invite Olivia to Adrian’s fifth birthday party. But the two didn’t know Olivia’s parents.

So, they sent a note.

“Olivia’s Parents,” the note reads. “Adrian talks about Olivia all the time and he said he wants her at his fifth birthday party. This is a big milestone for Adrian because he has high-functioning autism and has difficulty with social situations. Ms. Arisa sent me the cutest video of Adrian and Olivia hugging and it melted my heart! We hope Olivia can join us for Adrian’s party!”

After that note, of course Olivia’s parents brought her.

The two are inseparable.

“I don’t believe they see what is on the outside,” said Savannah Fowler, Olivia’s cousin. “They just see each other as a person and want to meet other people and express themselves.”

A friendship that knows no differences and no guards.

James Stratton

James Stratton

Evening News Anchor

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