Bullied kid gets message from Hugh Jackman, possible Disney trip
showing the impact of bullying has resulted in an outpouring of support for a young boy in Australia.
Nine-year-old Quaden Bayles lives with dwarfism and has been bullied at school. On Tuesday, his mother posted a video of him sobbing, saying he wanted to kill himself, which his mother says he has attempted in the past. The clip has been viewed millions of times, triggering a global outpouring of support, including from actor Hugh Jackman.
Jackman said, "Quaden, you are stronger than you know, mate. And no matter what, you have a friend in me. Everyone, let's please be kind to each other. Bullying is not okay. Period. Life is hard enough. So, let's just remember, every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle. So, let's just be kind."
Comedian Brad Williams, who also lives with dwarfism, set up a
to send Bayles and his mother to Disneyland in California.
According to the GoFundMe, excess funds will go to anti-bullying charities. "Funds raised will be spent on two airplane tickets for Quaden and his mother from Australia to Los Angeles. As well as providing a hotel, food, and tickets to Disneyland Park in Anaheim for multiple days. After all the flights, hotel, tickets, and food is paid for, any excess money will be donated to anti-bullying/anti-abuse charities," the GoFundMe says. As of Thursday afternoon, it had raised over $350,000.
Quaden and Yarraka have been trying to raise awareness about dwarfism for years, according to multiple news reports.
showed a then 5-year-old Quaden hanging out with his Shih Tzu, Buddy, who also has dwarfism. He was also the subject of
. The video detailed his condition and medical treatment up to that point.