The digital age is certainly narrowing the gap between artists and their fans, as well as creating ways for people to communicate their emotions to the world. Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx was moved by one such display and reached out to a little girl because of it. 12-year-old Chloe McCarty of Blaine, Minn., used his band Sixx: A.M.‘s song ‘Skin’ in a video where she revealed she has a mental disorder called trichotillomania, which causes her to pull out her hair, and as a result, be bullied by her classmates. A simple, expressive video garnered national attention for McCarty, her disorder and the need to be sensitive to others suffering from such conditions.

McCarty created the video, during which she held up pieces of paper detailing her condition and how she deals with it, as a way to “blow off steam.” At first, McCarty looks like a pretty and normal 12-year-old girl, but she removes her blonde wig to show off her delicate bald head. She reveals via a series of handwritten notes that “I can’t control it at all” and “People spread rumors about why I am bald,” like saying she snorts her hair like cocaine. Despite the pain she lives with due to the disorder, she declares, “This is supposed to be a happy video,” and she says she lets haters motivate her and never get her down. It’s enough to cause a lump to form in your throat — a 12-year-old with that type of self-awareness and strength is rare.

The video began to make the rounds virally and ended up in front of Sixx’s eyes. He tweeted the video and wrote, “Chloe, I wanna meet you. You are a role model … Your strength will give others hope .. THANK YOU.” Not too shabby for a little girl in Minnesota with a web cam that her mother didn’t even want her to have.

But Sixx took things even further. He arranged for a conference call with McCarty that also included his bandmates on Friday (Dec. 9). “They were thanking me — but I was thanking them the whole time,” McCarty told the Boston Herald. “I mean, it was their song.” Their song, but her heart.

Sixx and McCarty are shedding light on this disorder, which often surfaces when children transition to middle school and encounter difficulty in dealing with it.

The vid has touched her classmates, who have begun apologizing for treating her poorly.

See, there are happy endings.

Watch Chloe McCarty’s Video

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