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Celebrities, Including Hugh Jackman, Rally Behind Bullied Australian Boy

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By Robin Burks

Hugh Jackman, along with other celebrities, have rallied behind a bullied Australian boy, lending their support to the boy as well as helping him fund a trip to Disneyland. The boy, Quaden Bayles, became known worldwide after his mother, Yarraka Bayles, posted a six-minute video clip of the boy shortly after he was bullied. In the video, the boy, who has a dwarfism condition, sobs and tells his mother that he wants to die. As a result, people from all over the world, including many celebrities, sent their support to Quaden via social media. Fellow Australian Hugh Jackman tweeted:

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan encouarged Quaden to message him

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In the video, Quaden's mother said, "This is what bullying is doing and I want people to know how much this is hurting us as a family. This is the impact that bullying has on a 9-year-old kid that just wants to go to school, get an education and have fun.”

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Supernatural, The Walking Dead) sent Quaden a video asking his mother to message him so they could meet. In the video, he said:

"What I want you to know is you have friends, me included. I am your buddy. You haven't met me yet, but we'll see if we can change that. ..You have a bunch of friends out here, out in the world that you haven't met yet. But we're here and we've got your back. And you need to know that. It'll get better."

Comedian Brad Williams Understands

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Comedian Brad Williams, who suffers from the same kind of dwarfism as Quaden, went even further. He set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of sending Quaden and his family to Disneyland. Williams has raised over $300,000 so far, well over the original $10,000 goal. Williams wrote:

"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."

Josh Gad opens up about his own bullying

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Frozen and Frozen 2's Josh Gad not only showed his support for Quaden, but also shared his own experience with bullying, including the bullying he gets online. Gad wrote:

"As someone who was bullied as a child and to this day gets bullied by trolls online, I can safely say with confidence that you are so much more special, beautiful and kind than they can ever hope to be."

He went on to say that "bullies are nobodies" and that they are "insecure, have low self-esteem and are looking for attention for all the wrong reasons."

Kevin McKidd's message

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Kevin McKidd, who currently stars on Grey's Anatomy, also showed his support and shared that he has also experienced being bullied. He wrote:

"#Quaden from someone who went through bullying also. You are amazing. Amazing and so important in this world. You will get through this and shine and do deeply important things."

Quaden continues to get messages from people all over the world showing him nothing but love and support. Perhaps Quaden's story will help others who have been victims of bullying, if not to help stop bullying once and for all.

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