After spending two years growing his hair long enough to be donated to be made into a wig, a seven-year-old boy was able to help patients receiving treatment for cancer. A few weeks after making his donation, Vinny Desautels found out that he was going to need some help himself.
Vinny got his first mohawk just before his second birthday. By kindergarten he used temporary gel to change the color of his hair from its natural blonde to a shocking blue. At age five he decided to make a difference by growing it out to help children battling cancer.
The elementary school student chopped off 13 inches of hair in the hopes of helping kids who were fighting cancer.
"I want to help people so they don't have to go to the doctors to fight cancer," he said.
He was happy in that moment, asking for nothing in return.
In spite of being picked on, that didn't change his course.
"During that time he was mistaken for a girl many times, but Vinny took it like a champ and was like, 'Nah, I'm a boy," Vinny's dad, Jason Desautels, said.
In March, Vinny's mother, Amanda Azevedo who is currently six months pregnant, praised her son for the sweet gesture he made.
"I am so proud to call this little man my son," she wrote. "He has been growing out his hair for the past 2 years and I had the privilege of being the one to cut it for him. He's been teased and mistaken for a girl several times but he stuck with it because he knew it was for a good cause. Vincent, I love you to the moon and back. You are the most selfless 7-year-old I have ever known."
But life can take a cruel turn sometimes.