When 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted suicide a few weeks ago, it was determined that the cause was because of the incessant bullying he faced for his love for the television show My Little Pony.
He did survive, but doctors are still waiting to determine if he'll have to go through lifelong brain damage.
The story of Michael's tragic tale has touched a lot of people, and now, at least two tattoo parlors are going out of their way to support the little boy's family with the medical costs.
The Beauty Mark Tattoo in Canton, Conn., and Imperial Tattoo in Fort Bend County, Texas have began inking customers, who want it, with My Little Pony tattoos to raise awareness and money for Michael.
Here's what one Fort Bend contributor and customer named Jonathan Myers said:
"I think a lot of people in the tattoo community — we know what it's like to be ridiculed and judged. So yeah, it definitely touched me in that way. I'm a soon-to-be father. I couldn't help but come and help out the cause."
One customer in Connecticut said:
"My daughter is 2 and says it has to be pink. I'm going to get the My Little Pony tattoo right here. I figured I'm in to tattoos and this is a good cause. And Beauty Mark was nice enough to get on board."
The owner of Imperial Tattoo decided to raise money for Michael because he wanted to show to children like Michael that there are people who care about them. He said:
"I just want to show the little kids that we care. That's all I wanted to do."
And his actions have not gone unnoticed by Michael's parents, according to the owner. He said:
"I guess [the step-dad] saw a picture of one that I did and he said thank you. He said that things like that made it a little bit easier for him."
With these kind of contributions - Michael's parents have raised over $70,000 so far. You can help support them over HERE.
Just when you get a little too cynical about the world, something like this exemplifies the good that resides in a lot of humanity when the going gets tough. These people are amazing!
Best of luck to Michael and his family.
[Image via KHOU.]
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