- The Washington Times - Monday, May 9, 2016

A 7-year-old California boy who spent two years growing his hair to donate to kids with cancer has received a cancer diagnosis of his own.

Vinny Desautels, of Roseville, said he was happy to donate 13 inches of his blonde hair to “Wigs for Kids,” despite being teased by other children during the growing process, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

Now, the boy is battling stage 4 cancer that is spreading from his knee to behind his eye, causing him to squint, Mediate reported.

“Basically, what they found is that he has a significant growth on his hip and in the bone around the eye and behind the nose and on the cheek on the right side,” the boy’s father, Jason Desautels, told Fox News.

Doctors are still trying to identify what type of cancer the boy has, his parents said.

Vinny’s grandparents, Sue and Ron Desautels, launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to help the family with medical expenses. 

“Our precious grandson … is tender-hearted and so loving. He recently donated his hair to ‘wigs for kids with cancer,’” his grandparents wrote. “Even though he was teased throughout the 2 years of growing his hair out, it didn’t deter him from his mission…to help a child in need.

“Vinny is taking all of this like a brave little turd. There are many more tests ahead and they’re in the hospital for an undetermined amount of time,” they wrote. “We have started this Go Fund Me account to ease the burden of his parents, Jason and Amanda. Amanda is six months pregnant and Jason is a combat veteran. Over the next days, weeks, and months ahead they will need to be at countless doctor appointments, hospital stays and surgeries. … This will enable Vinny’s parents be able to concentrate on Vinny getting well and fighting this wicked disease called cancer.”

In eight days, the campaign raised more than $31,000.

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