Social media gets a bad rap sometimes, but sometimes it can help create some truly life-changing moments.
Take the story of young Quaden Bayles, for example. The 9-year-old boy was born with a form of Dwarfism called Achondroplasia and his mother, Yarraka Bayles, recently shared a distressing video of her unconsolable son reacting to being bullied at his school in Australia. In it, the young boy talks about killing himself because he is so upset.
This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭
Posted by Yarraka Bayles on Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The video went viral in a massive way and has touched people around the globe.
Quaden said about his story,
“The parents should make them be nicer to kids with disabilities.
If you get bullied stand up for yourself and don’t listen to what they say.”
His mother wrote in a statement,
“Quaden Bayles’ family would like to take this time firstly to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of love and support from so many people from all around the world.”
I’ve set up a GoFundMe to send brave Quaden and his mother to Disneyland. Let’s show a bullied kid that he is loved! https://t.co/vGLHQXzO0K
— Brad Williams (@funnybrad) February 20, 2020
As of today, he’s raised almost $275,000!
The money that isn’t spent on flying Quaden and his mother to the U.S. will be donated to anti-bullying and anti-abuse charities.
A bunch of other celebrities have stepped up to support Quaden as well on social media, including one of Australia’s most famous sons, Mr. Hugh Jackman.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020
Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan of ‘The Walking Dead’ also showed his support.
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) February 20, 2020
Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter tweeted his love too!
The world is behind you
The @celtics are behind you Champ
Love the jersey, Why don’t we get you to one of our games. ☘️
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) February 20, 2020
And the National Rugby League Indigenous All Stars asked Quaden to lead them out onto the field for their match this weekend.
— NRL (@NRL) February 20, 2020
Don’t you love it when social media is used for good?
Keep your head up Quaden, and don’t ever let anyone out there make you feel like you don’t deserve the absolute best in life!
And kudos to all the celebrities (especially Brad Williams) who brought attention to this important story. Good work all around, humans!