An Eight year old boy bullied for his donation to St. Jude.

When eight-year-old Christian McPhilamy saw a commercial for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, he noticed that many children were not only sick, but without hair. After his mom explained chemotherapy and its side effects, Christian knew what he needed to do. He decided right then and there to grow his hair out long enough to donate to children in need.

His parents were on board, and after two years, this guy was rocking some 10-inch ponytails — perfect for bringing smiles to the faces that need them most.

But you know what they say: no good deed goes unpunished. Shocked by the backlash, Christian's mother Deeanna Thomas said, "He has endured an awful lot of criticism, and yes even bullying, throughout this time."
Christian experienced multiple instances of pestering by peers (and even adults) who called him "a girl" and offered him money to cut it.

The ever-dedicated kid didn't let that stop him. Christian's hair was finally tied up into these ponytails to make it easier to collect the hair.

Needless to say, Christian's family is incredibly proud of him. Not only did he reach his goal and help someone, but he also didn't let people and their narrow minds hold him back from doing what he knew was right. Christine Wong, COO of Children With Hair Loss — the charity that received Christian's hair — was also impressed. Typically, only about one in 50 donations comes from a boy.

As for Christian, he's happy to have short hair again, and even happier that he's helped a child in need. So remember, the next time you want to say something snarky because someone doesn't look the way you think they should, consider the fact that you don't know the reasoning behind it. Judging others is never a good idea.


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