When eight-year-old Christian McPhilamy saw a commercial for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, he took notice to the fact that not only were the children sick, but some were without hair. When his mom explained the treatment of chemotherapy and its side effects to him, Christian knew what he needed to do. He decided right then and there to grow his hair out long enough so he could donate it to children in need.
His parents were all for it, and after two years, this little guy was rocking 10-inch ponytails — perfect for bringing smiles to the faces that need them most.
Christian’s hair before the big cut.
They say that no good deed goes unpunished. Christian’s Mom was ahocked by the backlash, “He has endured an awful lot of criticism, and yes even bullying, throughout this time.”
Christian experienced multiple acts of bullying by peers (and even adults) who would call him “a girl” and even went as far as offering him money to cut it.
It’s sad that the concept of long hair on a boy was deeply unsettling to them, even though it was for charity!
That wasn’t about to stop him. Christian’s locks were tied up into ponytails to make it easier to collect the hair.
Here’s Christian after the big cut! Haters gonna hate, but this child helped make someone’s life a little more comfortable.
Christian’s hair is wrapped, bagged, and ready to be donated.
Even through all the criticism, Christian stuck to his goal, letting his hair grow for two whole years before having it cut. Donated hair must be at least 10 inches long, and he was determined not to stop until it reached that length.
He even took the time to explain his mission to people. “He held his head high and he never once said that he wanted to cut it off,” said his proud mother.
After his epic haircut, Christian finished with a classic buzz. Perfect for summer!
Needless to say, Christian’s family is incredibly proud of him. Not only did he reach his goal to help someone in need, 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.
You can learn more about hair donation at the Children With Hair Loss website.
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