Comedian Brad Williams raises more than $192,000 to send bullied 9-year-old to Disneyland
Recently a heartbreaking video of Quaden, a nine-year-old boy with dwarfism saying he wants to "kill himself" after being bullied went viral.
And the Facebook post, shared by his mother Yarraka Bayles, has since been inundated with thousands of loving and supportive comments.
In fact, one of the people who watched Quaden's distressing video, which has since accumulated 18 million views, is comedian Brad Williams, who also has Dwarfism.
"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 in a GoFundMe campaign.
He then adds: "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."
In any case, it has been no more than a day since the campaign was set up and at the time of writing has raised a staggering $192,863 - about 20 times the original target.
Williams also explains he is in contact with Quaden's mother and that the money left over from the trip will be donated to anti-bullying charities.
"Aside from a few bullies who are bullying me for taking a stand against bullies, this fundraiser is unreal," Williams wrote on Twitter. "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!"
Many Twitter users have since taken to the social network to praise the comedian for his efforts.
"If God created one person to help this kid, it's certainly you Brad," one user wrote. "You have a big heart and I am confident you can help raise this kids self esteem."
Another added: "You are amazing for doing this for him and others that are bullied. I hope things improve for him. There is far too much hate and ignorance in this world."
Even actor Hugh Jackman had a message for Quaden:
PLEASE, if you or anybody you know is having suicidal thoughts, reach out to somebody or contact one of the mental health charities below:
CALM: www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
Heads Together: www.headstogether.org.uk
Mind: www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
Papyrus: www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
Samaritans: www.samaritans.org, 116 123
If you are a non-UK resident, please find a list of mental health charities HERE.