The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all *Walt Disney Company, Mulan*
He was called a girl, bullied by classmates, and even offered money to cut his hair by a family friend – but nothing would stop this boy’s philanthropic mission.
Because 8-year-old Christian McPhilamy was determined to help children in need, and was growing his hair to donate to those who had lost theirs through gruelling medical treatments.
Kind-hearted Christian, from Florida, USA, was inspired to launch his good cause after watching an advert for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital when he was just 6 years old.
Two years and many schoolyard taunts later, he was able to donate four 10-inch sections of blonde tresses to Children With Hair Loss, an American charity that provides free hair pieces to kids with medically related hair loss.
“Two years ago my son saw a St. Jude commercial that changed his life forever,” his proud mother, 28-year-old Deeanna Thomas, wrote in a Facebook post after Christian chopped his locks last month.
“He chose to do his own research and find a way to help. 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.”
Despite facing such adversity, the youngster’s determination never wavered.
“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,” wrote Thomas.
But this is not Christian’s first foray into charitable acts – along with his 3-year-old sister he regularly donates toys and clothes to those in need and performs random acts of kindness, such as hiding dollar bills in discount stores.
Article posted June 4 2015