Madden Humphreys is just 7 years old, with a cleft lip and a rare eye condition, Madden was being bullied.
But Madden was never one to take things lying down, a plucky young man, with his mothers support, Madden created a video explaining his conditions. He encouraged people to be kind, the June 2017 video was popular, gathering more than 220,000 views and 3,500 shares.
Madden was happy to help, however, his mother Christina was not sure Madden was back to his old self. His classmates still sometimes pointed at his cleft lip and his eye condition, known as heterochromia iridum. When she found out he was still being bullied by one boy, in particular, she decided to do something about it.
“The only thing we can do is try to change our perception on bullies, and try to change the way it affects us,” Christina told her son. “Unfortunately, there will probably always be an unkind person that we’ll encounter. It will always sting and hurt, but we can’t control other people’s behavior, so we will just try our best to change our own mindset.”
That is when a cat called Moon entered Maddens life. Perhaps it was destiny, these two coming together, something that was just meant to be. Christina had heard of a cat up for adoption with exactly the same conditions as Madden, a cleft lip and two different colored eyes. She knew Moon would become part of their family.
Madden Humphreys poses with his new cat, Moon. Madden Humphreys poses with his new cat, Moon. (Christina Humphreys)
“Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone,” Christina wrote in a post for blogging site Love What Matters, saying she found out about Moon on an animal rescue groups Facebook page. “Moon helps Madden realize that being born unique is an incredible thing; that he is magic.”
With help from friends, the family drove to Minnesota to pick Moon up from the animal rescue group.
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“We’re usually not spontaneous people, but we knew that we were meant to love this kitty,” Christina said. “Moon, the kitty, and Madden are the perfect companions for each other.”
The pair have been inseparable ever since.
“Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone.”
— Christina Humphries “It sounds silly, but fate willed these two together. There’s no other explanation,” Christina said. “Everyone needs a friend, and everyone needs to feel understood. I’m so thankful Madden has Moon.”
Love What Matters shared Humphreys’ story on Facebook Tuesday, receiving more than 25,000 likes on the post and thousands of comments.
“I see no reason why anyone would bully Madden because of his eyes, in my opinion, his eyes are unique and absolutely beautiful,” one Facebook user commented. “I believe his confidence will soar as he grows up and more and more people will appreciate and compliment his eyes.”
Madden Humphreys and Moon the cat are now best friends, his mother, Christina, says. Madden Humphreys and Moon the cat are now best friends, his mother, Christina, says. (Christina Humphreys)
“Be proud to be part of the 1% – and blue/green combo is the most unusual,” a woman with heterochromia iridum wrote. “When I was your age I didn’t appreciate the attention – but people remember you!”
“My son with autism (9 years old) looked at the photos, smiled widely and said: ‘See, wonders do exist,'” another added.
Christina said she never expected her son’s story to go viral, but now she’s hoping to keep the trend going by starting an Instagram for the best friends called “Madden and Moon.”
“It started out as fun for the family and friends who knew Madden’s story, but if it can raise awareness for clefts, and maybe even spread a bit of kindness and positivity, we think that’s a good thing,” she told Fox News.