Heroes really do exist!
Earlier this week, Yarraka Bayles took to Facebook to share a disheartening video of her 9-year-old son Quaden sobbing and threatening to harm himself after being bullied by his classmates because of his height. Quaden was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, a rare genetic disorder that affects about 1 in 27,500 people per year.
As you might imagine, it didn’t take long for the video to go viral, surpassing 33.5 million views as of publication and inspiring various celebrities and athletes to aid and support the young boy. One of the first to reach out to Quaden was the great Hugh Jackman, posting a video along with the caption, “Quaden – you’ve got a friend in me. #BeKind @LokelaniHiga”
Quaden – you’ve got a friend in me. #BeKind @LokelaniHiga https://t.co/8dr3j2z8Sy pic.twitter.com/jyqtZYC953
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020
Not too long after, The Punisher’s Jon Bernthal responded with an uplifting message of his own, saying:
“Hey little man. For what it’s worth you have taught my family so much. You have inspired us and in our home you are a hero. Thank you for your courage, stay strong the world is watching and you have so much beautiful power. From me and my boys. We are with you and we thank you.”
Although it was painful to watch, we’d like to applaud Quaden and his mother for having the courage to share the video and using their pain to raise awareness of such a cruel and heartbreaking global issue.
A GoFundMe campaign was started to help send Quaden and his family to Disneyland. As of publication, the campaign has already raised more than $350,000, far surpassing the $10,000 goal.