Despite taunts and misunderstandings by both adults and other children, an 8 year old boy in Florida has gone on a 2 and half year mission to grow out his hair for the benefit of children who have lost theirs.

David Mantek

It was almost 3 years ago that Christian McPhillamy saw a commercial for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and learned that there are organizations that help kids suffering from hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, or accidents. With his mother’s support, Christian decided that he would grow his hair out and donate it to Children With Hair Loss, a charity that provides free wigs for children who need it.

To his family, Christian has always been known for his determination once he sets his mind on a new tasks or goal. His mother, therefore, was not surprised that he would be capable of enduring the constant teasing that came with having long hair that grew up to his back. At school, Christian says, boys would call him a girl as a way to tease him about his hair once it grew past his chin. Other adults, according to Christian’s mom, would quickly assume him to be a girl. In one occasion, a physician entered the room and greeted Christian with “Oh, hey beautiful girl!” but Christian calmly retorted with, “I am a boy,” not letting any of that get in the way of his goal.David Mantek

Eventually, his two-and-a-half-year mission came to an end and Christian’s mom cut his hair. He produced 4 10-inch sections of hair after it was portioned into 4 equal sections prior to cutting. They donated the hair to Children With Hair Loss. Christian is said to be happy to go back to having shorter hair, but thanks to his determination there will be another child somewhere who will be happy to have hair again.