Alyssa Thorne
December 02, 2016 4:58 pm
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Make sure you have tissues ready before you read this one, because this story is the reason for the phrase “read ’em and weep.” We’re typing through tears, okay? Recently, a father in the UK reached out to Reddit for help with tracking down a discontinued cup favored by his autistic son. Not only is the sippy cup they bought for their severely austistic son, Ben, who’s now 14, his favorite — it’s the only cup he’ll drink out of. In fact, while out of the house and without the sippy cup, Ben refuses to drink altogether, even to the extent of having to be hospitalized for dehydration.

Unfortunately, the company that made Ben’s cup stopped manufacturing it years ago, and his parents were desperate. Luckily, as usual, the internet came through, making Ben’s father’s search a viral scavenger hunt, and a surprise tweetstorm that raised awareness for autism.

Many people, sympathetic to Ben’s plight, including a sippy cup manufacturer who hardcore got on the case.

And they were successful! Tommee Tippee UK decided to manufacture 500 sippy cups for Ben and his family.

Ben and his father’s thank you will require a whole other box of tissues, tbh.

We love a happy ending, and we’re thrilled to know that Ben and his parents are going to have something to make their lives a little easier.

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