Quaden Bayles Disneyland, More than $121,000 in charity money.
More than $121,000 in charity money has been raised to send a bullied Australian boy filmed in a viral video sobbing after school to Disneyland.
Thousands of donors have chipped in to a GoFundme supporting the vacation for Quaden Bayles, 9, who was born with achondroplasia, a genetic order that results in dwarfism.
The outpouring of support was inspired by a heart-wrenching video his mother posted of Quaden crying in the family car after another child at his school mocked him about his height.
“I wish I could stab myself in my heart,” Quaden says through tears in the clip. “I want someone to kill me.”
The page organizer, Brad Williams, wrote that he launched the fundraiser to show Quaden “there is good in the world” and claimed to be in touch directly with his mother, Yarraka Bayles.
“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,” Williams wrote. “I want to fly Quaden and his mother to America, get them a nice hotel, and bring them to Disneyland.”
Yarraka Bayles originally shared the video to illustrate the effects of bullying and to get parenting advice from others.
“I want people to know, this is the effect bullying has,” she says in the video. “This is what bullying does. All it takes is one more instant, and you wonder why kids are killing themselves.”