- Yarraka Bayles, a mother from Australia, posted a video of her son Quaden, who has dwarfism, to demonstrate how relentless bullying has affected her child.
- In the video, which has now been viewed more than 20 million times, Quaden expresses a wish to end his life.
- Brad Williams, a comedian who has the same condition as Quaden, launched a GoFundMe campaign for the boy and had raised more than $US280,000 as of Friday morning.
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After a heart-wrenching video of a distressed boy with dwarfism went viral, people across the globe have stepped up to support the 9-year-old and show him that there is so much more to life beyond cruel middle-school bullying.
Yarraka Bayles, an Australian mother, shared footage on Tuesday of her crying 9-year-old son Quaden, who has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. In the video, Quaden says he can no longer tolerate the relentless bullying he’s subjected to at school. He also expresses a wish to end his life.
Bayles shared the video to demonstrate how damaging bullying is and seek advice from others on how to help her son.
“This is what bullying does,” Bayles says in the video. “Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends?”
As of Friday, the video has been viewed more than 20 million times and attracted the attention of celebrities who are eager to support Quaden.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020
Both the Australian actor Hugh Jackman and “The Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan reached out to Quaden on Twitter. The hashtag #StopBullying was trending on Friday in response to Bayles’ post, according to the BBC.
Brad Williams, a comedian who has the same condition as Quaden, started a GoFundMe campaign
Brad Williams, a comedian who also has achondroplasia, a condition which the National Organisation for Rare Disorders says occurs in about one in every 20,000 births, also came to Quaden’s side.
He started a GoFundMe campaign to send Quaden and his mother to Disneyland. His goal was to raise $US10,000. By Friday morning, that amount had already surpassed $US280,000.
“This is beyond anything I could have imagined,” Williams tweeted in response to the support. “I just want to do right by this kid. Please help me put all this generosity to good use.”
Now at 75k! Unreal. My phone won’t stop. This is beyond anything I could have imagined. I need help putting this together. Please @TheEllenShow or @WWE or @Disneyland. I just want to do right by this kid. Please help me put all this generosity to good use https://t.co/vGLHQXzO0K
— Brad Williams (@funnybrad) February 21, 2020
An MMA fighter will host Quaden in Singapore to teach him martial arts
The MMA fighter Chatri Sityodtong was also touched by Bayles’ video and has arranged for the boy and his family to fly to Singapore. Sityodtong said he wanted to teach Quaden martial arts.
I just wanted to share an update on Quaden Bayles. I just spoke to his amazing mom, Yarraka, over the phone. She has graciously accepted my invitation to come to Singapore for an all-expenses-paid vacation so Quaden can learn martial arts at EVOLVE. https://t.co/Eoyzai2hUC
— Chatri Sityodtong (@yodchatri) February 21, 2020
“Let us all take the opportunity to show little Quaden how much the world cares,” Sityodtong tweeted.
An Australian rugby team invited Quaden to lead it onto the field
The Indigenous All Stars, an Australian rugby team, also took notice of Bayles’ video and invited the boy to lead the team onto the field during their game on Saturday.
“We will do everything we possibly can to make his life happier than what it has been,” Laurie Daley, the team’s coach, said in an article published on the National Rugby League site on Friday.