Christian McPhilamy is a eight-year-old kid from Melbourne, Florida, that despite being called a girl and also receiving taunts from even adults nothing could stop him from growing out his #Hair to make wigs for child cancer victims.
Two years ago Christian saw a TV ad for St. Jude #Children's Research Hospital that showed kids with cancer who had no hair which caused a huge impact on him.
Can be tough to deal with hair loss caused by cancer treatment or any other medical condition, especially when the patient is a child. Christian's mother, Deanna Thomas, explained to him that cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy sometimes accept hair donations. So after seeing this ad with his mother and their conversation, Christian decided to grow out his hair and donate it to "Children with Hair Loss", a non-profit donating wigs to children with hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, etc. According to their website their mission is to: "Empower these children to become whole again by making hair replacement available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need."
Deanna posted on her Facebook that "two years ago my son saw a St. Jude commercial that changed his life forever. He chose to do his own research and find a way to help."
His determination, strong will and devotion were impressive for the fact that he just ignored all the criticism around him, set his mind and carried on with his own personal goal.
Deanna also wrote on her Facebook that "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."
Against all odds Christian finally reached his goal and he was able to donate four 10-inch ponytails.
Christine Wong, COO of "Children with Hair Loss", told Today.com that the charity only receives approximately one in 50 donations from boys. "It's definitely inspiring to see kids starting so young with wanting to help and do good deeds." #Society