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Male 'My Little Pony' fans rally around bullying victim

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

An 11-year-old boy is on life support after attempting suicide.  His parents say he was the victim of bullying because of his love for the cartoon "My Little Pony."

This happened in North Carolina, but a group here in Phoenix say they sympathize with what he's been through and are doing what they can to help.

They are fans of "My Little Pony as well -- adult men -- who call themselves "Bronies."  They've all rallied around this young boy, sending him a message that he's not alone.

"Essentially, a Brony is just a fan of the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," said Mathew Testa.

"The word is a combination of bro and pony," said Daniel Ignacio.

In Phoenix, they have over 600 members.

"The writing is good, the characters are good.  They are very strong, well-flushed out characters, the animation is top notch," said Ignacio.

But now, members of this community are rallying around one of its youngest members.

This 11-year-old boy allegedly tried to kill himself after being bullied at school for his obsession with My Little Pony.

Bronies from across the country, including right here in Phoenix, helped raise money during a 24-hour marathon to give to the boy and his family -- to show they care -- and that he's not alone.

"He's a victim of bullying.  He's a victim of targeted bullying because of something he believes in and that's actually something that got to me the most," said Testa.  "The fact that they looked past any positive feature he may have had otherwise and went for this one strange taste he happened to have."

In fact, one of the reasons they are fans of the show is because of its message of friendship and camaraderie.

"I think that it's such an admirable thing to let people enjoy what they enjoy and I just wish I could say you know, it gets better.  You learn that the world does get better, you learn that the world is not entirely a terrible place," said Ignacio.

That 11-year-old boy allegedly tried to hang himself. He remains hospitalized and at this time, it's not known if he will have any brain injuries.

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