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8-Year-old braves bullies to donate hair for kids with cancer

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Despite the bullies, boy grows his hair out for 2 years for kids with cancer

Even though he was told he looked like a girl, an 8-year-old boy grew out his hair for two years so he could donate it to kids who have lost their hair.

When the boy saw an ad asking for donations to Children With Hair Loss, he was inspired to work on growing out his own mane so he could help a child who needed it. The organization provides high-quality hairpieces — for free — to children who have lost hair due to cancer treatments or other medical issues. This means they rely on charitable donations, which includes hair.

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Christian's mom shares on her Facebook page that he had to deal with people being pretty crummy to him over the two years he worked to grow it out. "He has endured an awful lot of criticism, and yes even bullying, throughout this time," she writes. "From his peers calling him a girl to even coaches and family friends telling him he should cut it or offering him money to. Even still, he has never once, strayed from his goal and always took the time to educate others on why he made the choice to grow his hair. I am one proud mommy as always."

And proud of him she should be. It's tough to weather bullying at any age, but it can be particularly difficult when you're a child. It's pretty awesome that he was brave and stood his ground, and he was eventually able to donate four ponytails that were each 10 inches long to the organization. This will make a huge difference in the life of a child, and the fact that he was able to understand that some kids have this unique need is nothing short of amazing.

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It's sad that Christian has had to deal with people's negativity. Gender roles continue to be so ingrained in our society that many can't stand to see a boy with long hair, and that's depressing. Any boy who has long hair shouldn't be bullied about it, whether he's growing it out to donate to kids in need or whether he just likes the way it looks.

Kudos to Christian and his family for standing by his side. He will remember this forever, and it will help shape him into a kind, caring adult, which the world needs more of.

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