Brad Williams Raises Over $200,000 To Send Bullied Nine-Year-Old, Quaden, Who Wanted To Kill Himself To Disneyland
On February 19, 2020, Brisbane, Australia resident and mother Yarraka Bayles picked up her nine-year-old son, Quaden, from school and was met with such a horrific scene, she began live streaming on Facebook. You see, young Quaden was born with a type of dwarfism called achondroplasia, which is the most common form. Quaden wants to attend public school and have fun while he gets his education, but bullies are making it impossible for him. Instead of playing with friends and enjoying learning, he is being tormented and bullied on a daily basis. On Wednesday, Yarraka couldn't bear it anymore. Her son was hysterical, begging for a knife or a rope. He cried hysterically and scratched at his neck and begged for someone to kill him.
Yarraka broke down and turned to the world for help. She explained the educators are failing to protect Quaden and the bullying is on a daily basis — so too are the suicide attempts.
Yarraka's video has gone viral and spread across the world. One comedian, who also has dwarfism, Brad Williams, started a Go Fund Me for Quaden. The goal was to raise $10,000 to send Quaden and his mother to an all-expenses-paid trip to Disneyland.
The Go-Fund-Me has also gone viral and has over $200,000 and is still growing.
You may see the heartbreaking video that Yarraka shared after picking nine-year-old Quaden up from school in the video player below.
After Brad Williams saw the viral video, he was immediately moved. Quaden's story identified with his own as someone who also has dwarfism and he immediately set out to help.
Brad Williams shared the following message on Twitter that also went viral and drew support for the young boy worldwide.
Brad stated, "I’ve set up a GoFundMe to send brave Quaden and his mother to Disneyland. Let’s show a bullied kid that he is loved!"
His original tweet has the wrong link to the Go Fund Me. Here is the amended version as Brad tweeted.
Brad even got in touch with Yarraka Bayles and shared a photo of their text exchange.
Ironically, Brad Williams has been dealing with bullies while he helps support Quaden from being bullied! Brad had to show a troll a photo of himself actually face-timing Quaden!
The world hopes that Quaden's story will mark a definitive change in the way the world views bullying.
Yarraka made it abundantly clear that bullying causes suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Quaden has every right to live a healthy, happy life as anyone else. He deserves to go to school and feel safe and be free from threats, ridicule, danger, and harm.
What do you think about Quaden's story? Do you think Yarraka Bayles did the right thing by sharing the live video on her Facebook? Are you happy that Brad Williams has reached out to Quaden and his family?