Cancer Survivor Bullied For Being Sick Now Backed By Simon Cowell

11-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Bullied For Being Sick Got Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer

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Simon Cowell sent a message to this 11-year-old cancer survivor’s bullies on America’s Got Talent

Simon Cowell is no stranger to making a grown woman cry. The famously harsh American Idol and America’s Got Talent judge is… prickly, to put it lightly. But watch the video below and he’s guaranteed to make you sob for a completely unexpected reason. Seriously, do not proceed until a box of tissues is within reach.

That’s 11-year-old Tyler Butler-Figueroa, who auditioned for America’s Got Talent by playing his violin. He also shared his story, which included being diagnosed with leukemia when he was four, almost dying, and then being relentlessly bullied by his classmates for having cancer. No, we’re not kidding. These kids made fun of him for losing his hair during chemo and spread rumors that his cancer was contagious. Little Tyler had to deal with that awfulness while he was literally fighting for his life. All of those kids deserve to have their shins kicked and I hope they know that.

Anyway. In the video, Tyler says that he started taking violin lessons after school to cope with the awful bullying he endured. It became an outlet, and he discovered that he’s really, really freaking talented.

“I just didn’t want to be the kid with cancer, so now, I’m the kid who plays violin,” he said.