Last week we introduced you to 8-year-old Braxton and his mom, Molly (pictured right). The family—who lives in the small northern Minnesota town of Hibbing—reached out to Gillette in hopes of finding Braxton, who has dwarfism, a pen pal who also has dwarfism and is around Braxton’s age.
And find they did! Our Facebook post hit like a lightning bolt, receiving more than 700 shares and ultimately reaching hundreds of thousands of people—all in less than 72 hours. And the best part? Braxton found six little boys who have dwarfism, from around the country and world, who want to be his friend.
“I am blown away from all the love you all have shown me and my boys today!” said Molly, via Facebook, about the outpouring of support. “Braxton is extremely happy and gave me huge hugs!”
“At the end of the day, this was about a mom who wanted to find her son a friend he could identify with and she couldn’t — so she turned to Gillette. Her trust means a lot to me,” explains Bridget Madich, the social media strategist who worked with Molly to share Braxton’s request far and wide. “When you leave Gillette’s hospital walls, you’re still an important member of our community. We’re committed to being advocates to our kids no matter what their need.”
Without further ado, meet Braxton’s brand new pen pals!