Christian McPhilamy was so touched by St Jude Children’s Research Hospital after seeing a commercial about their work that he decided to grow out his blonde hair so he could donate it to child victims of not only cancer but also horrific burns.
The eight year old was bullied throughout the two years he grew his hair, being called a girl by classmates and even adults, but still persevered and managed to grow his hair long enough to reach his goal of four ponytails that were ten inches long each.
His mother claimed:
He has chosen to donate to the “Children with hair loss” foundation. He has endured an awful lot of criticism, and yes even bullying, throughout this time.
From his peers calling him a girl to even coaches and family friends telling him he should cut it or offering him money to.
Even still, 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. I am one proud mommy as always
The Michigan based charity, Children With Hair Loss, that he decided to donate his hair to, provides hair for kids who have lost theirs due to medical issues, and supports more than 335 kids, aged all the way up from 2 to 21.
Brittany MacQuarrie actually works at St Jude Clinic and was so touched by Christian’s actions that she took to Facebook to express her thanks.
What an awesome story!!! As a Peds oncology nurse I have cried along side mamas while they cut what’s left of their little girls hair off after there just isn’t enough left on their sweet little head thanks to chemo.
It’s a difficult thing for children and their parents. Give him a kiss from me and all the kids here at the St. Jude clinic. He’s a little hero.
Stuff like this really is amazing to read and we think that Christian is not only a seriously cool kid, but someone with a massive heart and that the adults who told him to cut his hair should be ashamed.