Brad Williams set up a GoFundMe account to gift Quaden and his mother a trip to Disneyland in California.
After the devastating video of an Australian 9-year-old crying and saying that he wants to die went viral, several people including celebrities showered Quaden with love and support. Quaden, who has the most common type of dwarfism called achondroplasia, has been a victim of bullying for long. The fact that the boy first tried to take his own life when he was merely six-year-old makes it harder to watch the distressing footage. After the latest episode of being bullied, a tearful Quaden said, "Give me a rope, I want to kill myself. I just want to stab myself in the heart... I want some-one to kill me," pleading to his mother, Yarraka Bayles, to rid him of his misery.
Speaking to NITV News, Bayles revealed that the video was taken right after she saw Quaden's classmate pat him on the head and continued referring to his height. "She was patting him on the head like a little puppy. My daughter and I looked at each other and we made signals to him to ask if you are right, and he was like 'no' and he was looking at me horrified, like 'don't make a scene, Mum.'" Adding further, she said, "You could tell he was very uncomfortable but he was so good at trying to shrug things off, he doesn't want people to know how much it's affecting him, he's so strong and confident but it's times like these when you just see him crumble."
This heartbreaking plea didn't go unnoticed by comedian Brad Williams who also has dwarfism. When he came across Quaden's story, Williams immediately decided to do something special for the young boy. Hoping to gift Quaden and his mother a trip to Disneyland in California, Williams set up a GoFundMe account to raise $10,000, reports Fox 8. "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," he wrote on the fundraiser's page.
He added, "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." The comedian further elaborated that the remaining money would be donated to anti-bullying charities. Within a day of creating this page, people everywhere helped raised over $185,000 which is way over the target $10,000 amount. Williams then took to Twitter to thank those who generously donated for a worthy cause.
Aside from a few bullies who are bullying me for taking a stand against bullies, this fundraiser is unreal. So amazing to see all sorts of people come together. Quaden is going to have the time of his life! And it’s all thanks to you! https://t.co/vGLHQXzO0K— Brad Williams (@funnybrad) February 20, 2020
Even Hollywood A-listers like Hugh Jackman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, too, reached out to the bullied boy. "Quaden - You are stronger than you know and no matter what, you've got a friend in me," stated the X-Men star in a video he shared on Twitter. "Everyone, let's please be kind to each other. Bullying is not okay, period. Life is hard enough. Let's just remember: every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle, so let's just be kind," he added.
Moved by Quaden's plight, Jeffrey Dean Morgan also posted a video where he said, "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. The Walking Dead actor continued, "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." Being a dad of a 9-year-old himself, Morgan noted that sometimes kids "can be horrible" and explains that it is "because their parents aren't doing their job." Assuring Quaden that everything will get better, he said, "It's gonna be better. It's gonna get better, sorry, it'll get better, I promise it will. You hang in there, alright? DM me!"
Following this overwhelmingly positive response, Quaden's family issued a statement thanking every person who lovingly shared uplifting messages. "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," read the statement according to Daily Mail. They further mentioned how Quaden is now standing tall against his bullying and is beginning to heal. "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," it read.