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Charitable 8-year-old doesn't care what you think of his long hair

Christian McPhilamy donated 10 inches of hair to

Christian McPhilamy donated 10 inches of hair to Children With Hair Loss. Photo Credit: Deeanna Thomas

A young boy from Melbourne, Florida, grew his hair to over 10 inches, just so he could donate to charity.  

In December 2012, Christian McPhilamy, age 6 at the time, and his mom, Deeanna Thomas, were looking up St. Jude's Children Research Hospital online when an ad for a hair donation charity popped up, according to ABC's "Today Show." The commercial worked.

"He said, 'I want to do that,'" Thomas told "Today." "I was blown away . . . I was pretty confident that he was actually going to follow through with it."

As McPhilamy's blonde hair got long, and then longer,  people made comments.  

"Even out and about or at a park, he would be playing with a bunch of boys and they'd be like, 'You look like a girl.' And he would just explain to them," Thomas said. "He held his head high and he never once said that he wanted to cut it off, ever."

Christine Wong, chief operations officer of Children With Hair Loss, a charity that provides free wigs to kids who have lost their hair for any number of reasons, estimates that only one in 50 donations to the organization comes from boys, according to the "Today." report said.

"It's definitely inspiring to see kids starting so young  wanting to help and do good deeds," Wong said.

After growing his hair out for two and a half years, McPhilamy, now 8 years old, had  10 inches cut off last Wednesday to donate to the charity.  

"My hands were shaking. My heart felt like it was going to explode," Thomas said. "It was just incredible."


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