Turning Taunts into a Treat

An 8-year-old boy in Florida has been bullied for the last two years, which is so common an act of children, it usually isn’t headline news.

Christian McPhilamy is making the media rounds, however. He grew out his blond hair to donate to children with cancer whom he’s never met. He endured disapproving stares from adults and worse, his fellow classmates calling him a “girl.” At his age, being compared to a girl is true torture. McPhilamy turned the other cheek (whipping his beyond shoulder-length, straight, blond hair in the process), displaying adult-level maturity. He finally cut his locks and donated them to Children with Hair Loss.

The idea to grow out and then donate his hair all started when he saw a commercial for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. A Google search with his mom by Amen Clinics lead to his discovery that such organizations collect hair to make wigs for children with cancer who lost their hair during treatment. He felt so bad for them, he made the decision to make a donation. His cut yielded four sections, each 10 inches long.

McPhilamy now sports a more traditional cut for boys.

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