Most 8-year-old boys are focused on things like playing with their friends and playing video games. For the last two years, 8-year-old Christian McPhilamy has been focused on his hair. That’s not something most young boys pay any attention to. But Christian has been on a mission to grow his hair out since he was six years old. Why you ask? Because when he was six years old he was watching television with his mom when he saw a commercial for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. Later that night he asked his mom to help him research online ways he could help kids with cancer. When an ad for a hair donation charity popped up, he asked his mom Deeanna Thomas what it meant. She explained to him people can donate their hair 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.” And that is when his mission started. It wasn’t an easy one. Being a young boy with long hair can sometimes be hard. You might think that this day in age we are past those judgments and prejudices. Unfortunately there are still some that think certain genders are supposed to have certain hairstyles.
Here is Christian starting out at 6 years old. Notice the very short hair.
And here is a picture of him as he progresses through his journey.
People started to make fun of him.
He endured bullying.
Some of the negativity was even from adults. He was even offered him money to cut his hair.
But that didn’t phase this boy on a mission.
After two years his hair was long enough and he was ready to donate.
40 inches of hair was collected for donation.
According to Children With Hair Loss COO Christine Wong, around one out of every 50 donations come from boys.
Christian can proudly say he is one of those angels.
His mom said, “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.”
Hair loss caused by cancer treatment or any other medical condition can be tough to deal with, especially when the patient is a child. The two and a half-year mission produced four 10-inch long sections that the family sent to Children With Hair Loss. The charity provides free wigs to kids who have lost their locks for any reason, including cancer, alopecia and burns. “My hands were shaking. My heart felt like it was going to explode,” Thomas said about the haircut. “It was just incredible.” As for Christian, he said it feels good to have short hair again. Because of kind-hearted humans like Christian there is another child out there in the world that is feeling good too. The world needs more people like him.