Boy, 8, Bullied For Growing Long Hair For 2 Years Donates It To Charity

Sup Travellers?! It's a societal norm that boys shouldn't have long hair. Long hair is apparently something only woman should have. Most boys follow the norm and attempt to keep their hair short but not 8-year-old Christian McPhilamy. He proudly grew his out for more than two years just so he could donate it to charity.

The Melbourne, Fla., youngster saw an ad for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital more than two years ago, and in it, children who had lost their hair because of chemotherapy, his mother — Deeanna Thomas — told

During a nightly ritual where the pair looks up something online that interests her son, he asked to learn more about the hospital and they saw a promotion encouraging people to donate their hair.

Thomas explained to him people can donate their locks to cancer patients who have lost theirs due to chemotherapy.

"And he said, 'I want to do that,'" Thomas, 28, recalled. "I was blown away… usually when Christian sets his mind to something, he pretty much goes with it. He doesn't let anything falter his goals. I was pretty confident that he was actually going to follow through with it."

At the time he had a short spiky do, but with his mom's OK, Christian began growing out his blond hair.

And so it began, with Christian letting his blond hair grow. And apparently, once it reached his chin, the teasing and confusion began.

“Sometimes they would call me a girl,” he told the site. The taunts came from other boys he played sports and a doctor mistook him for a girl. Once, a man even told him he needed to “do something” about his flowing locks. That same guy later apologized after being told why Christian was doing it.

A week ago, it was finally time for the big cut.

"My hands were shaking. My heart felt like it was going to explode," Thomas told, adding the “incredible" feat resulted in four 10-inch-long ponytails Christian will donate to Children With Hair Loss. He’s also looking forward to having shorter hair again and joining the ranks of other young donors.

"Christian has such a huge heart," Thomas said. "I don't even know if there are words to describe how proud I am of him."

Hats off to Christian for his amazing contribution. He diligently grew his hair despite all the teasing and bullying. I'm sure his hair made someone very happy. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.