4 Jun 2015

8 year old boy endured taunts and comments for 2 years to grow his hair out for donating it to cancer patients

He endured being called a girl, playing sports with waist-length hair and attracting disapproving looks from adults — all for a child in need he's never met.
Eight-year-old Christian McPhilamy grew out his blond hair for more than two years so he could donate it to kids who have lost their locks. The mission ended with success last week after an epic haircut.
Christian McPhilamy 
Christian McPhilamy,8, grew out his hair for two years so he could donate it to charity. This is how he looked just before his haircut last week.
His mom Deeanna Thomas is still awed by his determination.
"Christian has such a huge heart," Thomas, who lives in Melbourne, Florida, told TODAY Parents. "I don't even know if there are words to describe how proud I am of him."
Christian McPhilamy Courtesy Deeanna Thomas
Christian holds some of the pony tails after his big haircut last week.
"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, the charity that received Christian's hair. Wong estimated only 1 in 50 donations to the organization come from boys.
It all started during Christmas of 2012 when Christian saw a commercial for St. Jude's Children Research Hospital. The TV spot featured young cancer patients without hair, which piqued his curiosity.
Christian McPhilamy Courtesy Deeanna Thomas
Christian had a short spiky hairdo just before he started the project when he was 6.
Christian and his mom have a nightly ritual where they take an iPad and search for whatever fascinates him on Google. He's usually interested in animals but that night, Christian looked up St. Jude's. When an ad for a hair donation charity popped up, he asked Thomas what it meant. She explained to him people can donate their locks to cancer patients who have lost theirs due to chemotherapy.
"And he said, 'I want to do that,'" Thomas, 28, recalled. "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."
At the time he had a short spiky do, but with his mom's OK, Christian began growing out his blond hair.
Christian McPhilamy Courtesy Deeanna Thomas
Christian in the early stages of the project.
The taunts and comments started when it got below his chin.
"Sometimes they would call me a girl," Christian told TODAY Parents.
"Even out and about or at a park, he would be playing with a bunch of boys and they'd be like, 'You look like a girl.' And he would just explain to them. He held his head high and he never once said that he wanted to cut it off ever," Christian's mom added.
One man bluntly told Christian his hair was getting too long and he needed to do something about it, but once he found out about the boy's mission, he offered a heartfelt apology, Thomas said.
Christian McPhilamy Courtesy Deeanna Thomas
As Christian's hair grew longer, the comments increased.
Thomas also got used to hearing "Your daughters are so pretty" when she was out with Christian and his younger sister. At a doctor's appointment, a physician once greeted Christian with a cheery, "Oh, hey beautiful girl," to which Christian calmly replied, 'I'm a boy."
Even though he seemed unfazed by the comments, Thomas still always tried to reassure him.
"I just told him, buddy, if you've got goals and you want to reach them, you have to follow them. You can't let what anybody says to you bring you down, and he never did," she said.
Christian's hair grew well down his back, but he would only wear it down despite heavy encouragement from Thomas to put it up.
The big haircut day finally came last Wednesday, as the family gathered in Christian's room and his mom took scissors into her hands.

1 comment:

  1. There is something more going on there with the mother. The father not around? You don't need to look like a girl with hair growing down your back in order to donate hair.