A 10-year-old boy with a heart of gold has donated his hair to his friend after spending 2 years growing it out.
Tyler Boone gifted his locks to a family friend, 12-year-old Gabby, who has alopecia and cannot grow her own. The hair will be made into a wig for her to wear, ABC News reported.
Gabby’s mom, Emelia Ruiz, told ABC News that it was “very special” to see “a young kid wanting to help and be a part of something caring and selfless.”
Gabby was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the hair follicles, when she was 4. Although she’s “comfortable with herself,” the soon-to-be 13-year-old is excited to try “something different” and wear the wig, Ruiz said.
Tyler and Gabby would run into each other at family parties in their home of Riverview, Florida. After some time, he wondered why Gabby always covered her head.
Once his parents explained Gabby’s condition, he decided to grow out his hair.
“He said, ‘Well, it’s just hair, I can grow hair,'” his mother, Denise Boone, said.
Over the holidays, Tyler and Gabby went to the Westfield Brandon Mall so she could finally cut his locks. She then snipped his ponytail, and the hair was shipped off to be made into a wig by the organization Children With Hair Loss.
Gabby’s new hairdo should arrive in about six weeks.
Tyler’s parents credited her “super-big heart” for his selfless act of kindness.
“This is Tyler’s personality and it’s not something we encouraged him to do,” his father, Jason Boone told ABC News.