Rhode Island boy inspires others to donate long hair to kids with cancer
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Every day like clockwork, AJ Silvia, 12, of Rhode Island has to take care of his head of hair.
It’s because of his end goal that these few extra minutes of getting ready are worthwhile.
About four years ago, his hair was just as long in elementary school, so he decided to chop it off and donate it to wigs for kids to support those with cancer.
High hopes for his hair heading into middle school turned into to two years of torment and bullying. Some kids couldn’t accept or understand why a boy would want their hair so long.
Mom Elizabeth Gagnon says it was at that moment she made a promise to her son to also cut her own hair.
She couldn’t keep quiet, so she posted in her local Facebook pages about her son’s ongoing efforts.
The responses were overwhelmingly positive as people praised him for his patience.
That’s when AJ decided to offer an opportunity to others to get their hair cut for free at a local salon so it could be donated alongside his.