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Seven-year-old boy who spent two years growing out his hair to donate to cancer patients has been diagnosed with aggressive form of the disease

  • Vinny Desautels grew his hair to 13 inches in two years to donate to charity
  • Shortly after his hair was cut in March, Vinny developed a swollen eye 
  • Doctors found growths on the bone around his eye, his hip and cheek
  • The cancer is Stage 4, his father says, but doctors are still working to determine the type

A seven-year-old boy who spent two years growing out his hair to donate to cancer patients has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease himself.

Vinny Desautels, of Roseville, California, was happy to grow his blond hair to 13 inches to help someone battling cancer – despite being teased by other children.

But in cruel twist of fate, shortly after completing his mission and chopping off his long ponytail, Vinny and his family found out that he had stage 4 cancer.

Doctors are still trying to figure out the kind of cancer Vinny has after they discovered growths around his hip, in the bone around his eye and on his right cheek, his father Jason told Fox40.


Vinny came home from school recently complaining of knee pain and his parents later found a lump on his right hip.

They took him to the emergency room, where doctors identified a growth on his pelvic bone.

Shortly afterwards, the youngster had an appointment to check out his swollen eye that had initially been attributed to allergies, but had steadily gotten worse.

Vinny’s parents became concerned that the two things may be linked – and doctors agreed. Doctors also identified a malignant growth on his eye.

Meanwhile, despite his young age, Vinny is trying to understand his diagnosis too – and the selfless youngster is glad that have helped others facing the battle he now faces.

‘I want to help people, so they don’t have to go to the doctors to fight cancer,’ Vinny told the news station.



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