A stand-up comedian raised over $ 30,000 to send a boy who was bullied about his dwarf growth to Disneyland.
Brad Williams set up a GoFundMe page for Quaden Bayles on Thursday after the boy’s mother cried a video of him and said he wanted to die.
Mr. Williams, who also has dwarfism, wrote: “I set up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying is not tolerated and that he is a wonderful person who deserves joy.
The mother, from Brisbane, filmed her son (pictured together) crying in the car after she picked him up from school on Wednesday and shared the video publicly on Facebook
“I want to fly Quaden and his mother to America, find a nice hotel for them and take them to Disneyland.”
“This is not only for Quaden, this is for everyone who has been bullied in his life and told that they were not good enough.
“Let’s show Quaden and others that there is good in the world and that they are worth it.
Mr. Williams said that if too much is donated, the excess would be given to anti-bullying charities.
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The page already had 1,700 donors on Thursday morning.
Quaden’s mother Yarraka, from Brisbane, shared the disturbing video on Wednesday after he had picked him up from school.
The schoolboy, who has the most common type of dwarfism, called achondroplasia, said to his mother, “Give me a rope, I want to commit suicide.”
In the video, which has been viewed more than three million times, Quaden also said: “I just want to put myself in the heart … I want someone to kill me.”
Quaden also scratched his neck and said, “I want to die … I want to scratch myself.”
Since sharing the video, Mrs. Bayles has been flooded with friendly messages of support from both friends and strangers.
The Indigenous All Stars NRL team reached out to the family and invited Quaden to take them to the field on Saturday.
Quaden is depicted with NRL star Latrell Mitchell. The nine-year-old will lead the Indigenous All Stars NRL team on Saturday
They are competing against New Zealand Maori Kiwis in CBUS Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.
The nine-year-old was caught with NRL star Latrell Mitchell, who put on a South Sydney Rabbitohs sweater after he signed with the club for the 2020 season.
Mrs. Bayles publicly shared the video on Facebook in an effort to raise awareness about the consequences of bullying.
She said that she normally tries to keep painful moments like this one private, but that she felt she had no choice but to become public.
“We try to be as positive as possible and only to share the highlights … but this is how bullying affects a nine-year-old child,” she said in the video.
What is achondroplasia?
Achondroplasia is a disease of bone growth that prevents cartilage (especially in the long bones of the arms and legs) from turning into bone.
It is characterized by a limited range of movement at the elbows, large head dimensions (macrocephaly), small fingers and normal intelligence.
Achondroplasia can cause health complications, such as interruption of breathing (apnea), obesity, recurring ear infections, an exaggerated inward-looking curve of the lumbar spine.
People with dwarfism have a normal life expectancy.
Source: US Department of Health
At the start of the five-minute clip, Ms. Bayles said, “I just picked up my son from school, witnessed a bullying episode,” the director called, and I want people to know that this is the effect of bullying. This is what bullying does.
“So please educate your children, your families, your friends, because you only need one copy … and you wonder why children commit suicide.”
‘This is the impact of bullying on a nine-year-old child who just wants to go to school, wants to get an education and wants to have fun, but something happens every day.
“Another episode, another harassment, another ridicule, another bad name.”
While Quaden sobbed, Mrs. Bayles asked for help from everyone who saw the images.
‘So is there any advice or support or something that other parents have done?
“I have good advice, but I need more, I want people to know how much it hurts us as a family,” she said, her voice quivering. Quading
The mother did not comment on details about the last bully incident, but rather said that her son was called a “dwarf” by his classmates.
Last year she told the Courier Mail Quaden first attempted suicide three years ago when he was only six.
“I was so shocked. I really didn’t think he would even know what or how at the age of six, ”she said.
The mother, an Aboriginal rights activist, said her son has made several attempts to take his own life.
“I explained to him that once you leave, no road comes back, you are gone forever, but he kept trying,” the mother said.
She also said that Quaden was struck by the death of his grandfather and his younger half-brother, who was stillborn.
“He thought if he went to heaven, he would be with his Pop and his little brother,” she said.
She told the newspaper that she was proud that she had spoken in public about asking for help.
The mother, an Aboriginal rights activist, said her son has made several attempts to take his own life