More than two years ago, Christian McPhilamy decided to start growing out his hair so he could donate it to other kids who need it.
The 8-year-old’s mission began at the end of 2012 after seeing young patients on a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital commercial, TODAY Parents reported. During his nightly routine with his mother where he looks up interesting things on Google, Christian chose to find out more about the hospital. They came across an advertisement for a charity that accepts hair donations -- and this caught Christian's eye.
His mother explained people could donate their hair to cancer patients. Christian knew he wanted to get involved. That's when he resolved to grow his own hair out.
Christian’s mother, Deeanna Thomas, told TODAY Parents that she was "blown away" by her son’s decision. "Christian has such a huge heart," she said. "I don't even know if there are words to describe how proud I am of him."
While growing his hair out, Christian dealt with teasing and was often mistaken for a girl. Through it all, his determination never wavered.
"He held his head high and he never once said that he wanted to cut it off ever," his mom said.
Last week, Christian’s project came to a close. According to TODAY Parents, his years-long commitment paid off in four 10-inch long sections of hair, which was sent to Children With Hair Loss, a charity that gives hair pieces at no cost to kids who have lost their hair for various reasons.
Coincidentally, another little boy's story of selflessness went viral at the same time as Christian’s. In a Facebook post from YEGOB.com, the author explains how a child named Adrian let his hair grow so he could give it to someone who lost their hair because of cancer.
Since being posted on May 31, the post has received more than 2 million likes.
Making an impact while you're young isn't impossible. Just ask these kids.