After seeing a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital TV ad when he was six, Christian McPhilamy decided to do something big to help children with cancer.
The then 6-year-old boy searched online for info about sick children, and came across an ad for a charity that provides hair pieces to children with cancer. He asked his mom, Deeanna Thomas, "Mommy, what's that?', according to Florida Today. "I told him that's where you donate your hair to kids with cancer...to make wigs from your hair. And he said, 'I want to do that,'" she said.
So, he did. Christian started growing out his blonde locks, and was often mistaken for a girl. He tried to explain that he was growing his hair to donate to children with hair loss, but was still teased from time to time and even offered money by an adult to cut it off.
Although he said the bullying made him feel "not very good," Christian didn't let that stop him from achieving his goal. "I just wanted to give a wig away," he added. After enduring that teasing for two and a half years, Christian had grown his blonde locks long enough to send it to give it away. At the age of 8, his parents cut off his hair in 4 10-inch ponytails and donated it to Children With Hair Loss.
Now that he's cut it off, some of the kids at his school admitted his charitable gesture was "pretty cool." That is, the ones who recognized him when he came back with short hair. Many of his classmates thought he was a new student when he returned with a short hair cut.
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