Quaden Bayles has a heart of gold.
Bayles, 9, is turning down a magical trip to Disneyland and will instead donate the entirety of the $470,000 raised in a GoFundMe campaign to charity. The GoFundMe page was set up by comedian Brad Williams.
On Thursday, Feb. 20, a story gained attention online after a mom from Brisbane, Australia shared a video of her son on Facebook. Bayles, who was born with a form of Dwarfism, is seen in the video hysterical after being bullied by other children at school.
In the heartbreaking clip, Quaden says he wants to die, and in an interview with SBS, his mother said that he has attempted suicide multiple times.
“What kid wouldn’t want to go to Disneyland, especially if you have lived Quaden’s life. To escape to anywhere that is fun that doesn’t remind him of his day to day challenges,” Quaden’s aunt, Mundanara Bayles, told NITV News on Thursday. “But my sister said, ‘You know what, let’s get back to the real issue.”
The family will donate to Dwarfism Awareness Australia and the Balunu Healing Foundation, an organization focused on indigenous youth.
After the story began to go viral, a Twitter user shared it, along with a call for Australians Jackman and Chris Hemsworth to let the young boy know that he is “already a superhero.”
Jackman responded with a video message for Quaden, telling him, “You’re stronger than you know, mate, and no matter what you’ve got a friend in me.”
He continued, “So, everyone, let’s please be kind to each other. Bullying is not okay, period. Life is hard enough. Let’s remember, every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle, so let’s be kind.”
Following Jackman’s response, numerous celebrities joined in to send Quaden their support, ranging from “Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan to pro wrestler Mick Foley.
In addition to that fan support, on Saturday the youngster was invited to run the field before the NRL match between the Indigenous All-Stars and the New Zealand Maori Kiwis All-Stars on Saturday at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.