“I’ve been affected by cancer tremendously,” Freeman shared with The Shade Room. “On top of that I have alopecia. I’m never going to have hair. I just want to help them. I got teased so bad, there were times I wanted to kill myself; it was real bad. It was horrible. People didn’t know if I had alopecia or cancer; and the fact that they were still picking on me, thinking I had cancer, just made it worse. So I just want to lift their spirits.”
The Pittsburgh native added: “I want to give people that confidence that I used to have and have now. When I put makeup on, it makes me feel so good about myself. Some people might need that at the beginning, and eventually they’ll start to love themselves despite their health issues.”
Freeman set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds so he can continue to travel and reach more people. “I want to travel to different hospitals in different cities to do cancer patients makeup for FREE!” he wrote on his GoFundMe page. “Out of the kindness of my heart just to make [their] heart SMILE! I’m dedicating my time and talent to boost the confidence of patients who lost [their] hair or just suffering at all!”
When Freeman launched his campaign on Sept. 28, the donations were trickling in. “I got 3,000 shares and 10 donations, but I didn’t care because even if I don’t get a penny I’m still doing it … some patients try to pay me but I can’t take it. One of them made me a picture — that made everything worthwhile.”
But now, thanks to Freeman receiving more press, donations are picking up steam and he’s more than halfway to his $1,000 goal. But even if his fundraising efforts were to fall short — and it doesn’t look like they will — Freeman says that wouldn’t stop him from continuing to help cancer patients feel good about themselves.