What started from watching a television commercial for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, has resulted in a beautiful random act of kindness that shows how courage, determination and compassion know no age limits. Come and meet the little man behind the blond locks that are making headlines around the world.
Florida kid Christian McPhilamy was just six years old when he decided to grow his spiky hair after seeing a TV commercial showing young cancer patients without hair. After a two and a half year journey marred by bullies, Christian proudly stands with four 27cm long ponytails to donate to Children with Hair Loss, a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer, alopecia and burn injuries.
Christian’s mum, Deanna Thomas recalls the day her son broached his mission to her. “I was blown away… usually when Christian sets his mind to something, he pretty much goes with it. He doesn’t let anything falter his goals. I was pretty confident that he was actually going to follow through with it.”
But Christian’s journey was not without obstacles. He endured some bullying and taunting on the playground and from strangers who assumed he was a girl, but he was also supported by his teachers and peers who knew why he was growing his hair. His mother recalls that some people even offered him money to cut it.
Despite the setbacks, Christian’s mum said, “He held his head high and he never once said that he wanted to cut it off.”
“My son never asked for recognition for what he was doing, he simply wanted to give a wig away, and help another child.”
Ms Thomas shared the story and images via her Facebook page as well as a beautiful message of pride and love for her son. “He amazes me everyday with the little to the big. No matter how it gets worded my son is amazing; he is a strong willed individual, and I am so proud to be his mama!”
We would be too.