Despite Bullying Remarks, 8-Year-Old Boy Grows Out Hair for Cancer Patients
Meet Christian McPhilamy. Christian is an eight-year-old boy from Melbourne, Florida. Two years ago, a commercial for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital caught Christian’s attention. The commercial showed childhood cancer patients, burn victims and children with alopecia.
Moved by what he saw, Christian decided to begin growing out his hair, determined to help the children he saw in the commercial.
As his hair got longer, Christian said some of his classmates “tried to call him a girl’ and he received comments that made him feel “not very good.” But Christian didn’t let the bullying stop him. For two years, he continued to grow out his curly, blonde locks, undeterred.
“He has never once strayed from his goal and always took the time to educate others on why he made the choice to grow his hair,” says Christian’s mom, Deanna Thomas.
On May 20, Christian finally met his goal. Two and a half years and four, 10-inch ponytails later, Christian made the big chop. He donated his ponies to the Michigan-based nonprofit, Children With Hair Loss.
“It’s definitely inspiring to see kids starting so young with wanting to help and do good deeds,” said Christine Wong, COO of Children With Hair Loss. Christine estimates that only one in 50 donations to the organization come from boys.
“My son never asked for recognition for what he was doing, he simply ‘wanted to give a wig away, and help another child.’ His exact words,” says Deanna.