Yesterday, mum Yarraka Bayles shared a video of her distraught son – who suffers from achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism – wanting to take his life after being bullied at school.
Yarraka, who lives in Brisbane, Australia with her 9-year-old son Quaden, posted the emotional video with the following caption:
“This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭.”
If you haven’t already seen it, here it is. Although be warned, it’s highly upsetting.
Just absolutely heartbreaking.
Upon seeing the viral video, comedian Brad Williams decided to set up a GoFundMe page for Quaden, and he’s already raised almost $200,000 to send him to Disneyland.
Mr Williams, who also has dwarfism, wrote: ‘I’m setting up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated, and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy.
‘I want to fly Quaden and his mother to America, get them a nice hotel, and bring them to Disneyland.
‘This isn’t just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren’t good enough.
‘Let’s show Quaden and others that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it.’
Mr Williams said that if too much is donated the excess would be given to anti-bullying charities – what an amazing gesture.
Furthermore, Hollywood star Hugh Jackman has offered his support to Quaden, saying he’ll always be his friend.
Hugh also sent a powerful message to Quaden’s bullies, saying that ‘life is hard enough’ without people going out of their way to upset others
Quaden, you are stronger than you know, mate,’ Hugh said in a video shared with his 14 million Twitter followers.
He added: ‘And no matter what, you’ve got a friend in me.’
‘Bullying is not okay. Period. Life is hard enough,‘ he added.
‘Let’s just remember every person in front of us is facing the same kind of battle. So let’s just be kind.’
Fellow actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays villain ‘Negan’ in The Walking Dead, also reached out to Quaden on Twitter.
‘What I want you to know is that you have friends, me included. I am your buddy. You haven’t met me yet, but we’ll see if we can change that. Maybe your mom can DM me,’ he said.
‘You have a bunch of friends out here, out in the world that you haven’t met yet. We’re here, we got your back. You need to know that. It’ll get better.’
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) February 20, 2020
An Instagram page has also now been set up for the young boy, which has been flooded with messages of support, with many also pledging gifts and friendship.
His family has issued a statement thanking everyone for their uplifting well wishes.
It read: ‘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.
‘Due to the large volume of messages, we are unable to respond to everyone at this time as we need time to process as a family and would like to ask that media respect the family’s wishes, they are not taking calls and will be speaking to First Nations Media only at this time.
‘Again thank you everyone, Quaden’s feeling the love and now he needs a good rest. We are meeting with the appropriate people in power to make changes and make a stand against bullying.’
The world can be a fantastic place sometimes.
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