Boy, 7, donates hair to cancer patients, receives cancer diagnosis weeks later
Vinny Desautels, a little boy who grew his hair long to donate for cancer patients, then was diagnosed with cancer himself a few weeks later.
By Terri Peters, TODAY
(NBC News) - Vinny Desautels spent two years growing his hair long before donating it to be made into a wig for cancer patients. But, a few weeks after making his donation, Vinny's family learned that he was battling cancer himself.
In an interview with FOX 40 news, Vinny's father, Jason Desautels, shared the extent of his son's diagnosis.
"It is a stage four, aggressive cancer," Desautels said in the interview. "So, 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."
In a touching Facebook post in March, Vinny's mother, Amanda Azevedo, praised her son for the sweet donation he made to cancer patients.
"I am so proud to call this little man my son," she wrote. "He has been growing out his hair for the past 2 years and I had the privilege of being the one to cut it for him. He's been teased and mistaken for a girl several times but he stuck with it because he knew it was for a good cause. Vincent, I love you to the moon and back. You are the most selfless 7-year-old I have ever known."