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Turning 16 is a landmark birthday for anyone - it marks the transition from childhood into adulthood - there's a reason it's called a 'sweet 16'.

When Jonathan Crow's father knew he'd pass away before his son reached his 16th birthday, he made a plan to make sure that his son's birthday was as special as it possibly could be.

In an emotional Facebook post, which has now been watched more than 13 million times, and has more than 113,000 shares and 20,000 comments, Crow's sister Chandler Mea shared what happened.

In the post, she wrote:

So today is my little brothers 16th birthday, and his first birthday without our dad. But, dad was always filled with surprises.

When Chandler took Jonathan to one of his guitar lessons a month before the big day, one of the instructors pulled her aside and told her there was something she really had to see.

She continued:

When she showed me I just dropped to my knees, I just couldn't believe it. But I had to keep it a secret until his birthday.

 So this morning I woke up and picked up my brother from school and blindfolded him.

Drove him to the music center and this is the outcome. A big thank you goes out to the Port Huron Music Center , who helped keep my dads dream alive.

Happy 16th birthday buddy. Dad is so proud of you. I love you more than words can describe. 

So, on Jonathan's birthday, he was driven to the location of his guitar lesson, and surprised in the most touching way possible.

Not only had his father left him a signed birthday card, he had also organised his present, which was a beautiful brand new electric guitar.

Needless to say, the emotional teen breaks down in tears when he receives the thoughtful gift.

Speaking to the Huffington Post after the event, Chandler Mae said:

Johnny has been wanting this guitar for a while. He would joke with my dad about getting it in the future.

He was a HUGE supporter of Johnny’s music dream and lived for his family.

My dad would tell everyone that he knew Johnny was going to be famous one day and worked hard to get him there.

If this touching story doesn't bring a tear to your eye, nothing will.

HT Lad Bible

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