Teased, but undeterred: Boy grows out hair to donate to child in need

Jun 3, 2015 4:09 PM by TODAY, Photo: Deanna Thomas/TODAY.com

He endured being called a girl, playing sports with waist-length hair and attracting disapproving looks from adults - all for a child in need he's never met.

Eight-year-old Christian McPhilamy grew out his blond hair for more than two years so he could donate it to kids who have lost their locks. The mission ended with success last week after an epic haircut.

His mom Deeanna Thomas is still awed by his determination.

"Christian has such a huge heart," Thomas, who lives in Melbourne, Florida, told TODAY Parents. "I don't even know if there are words to describe how proud I am of him."

"It's definitely inspiring to see kids starting so young with wanting to help and do good deeds," said Christine Wong, COO of Children With Hair Loss, the charity that received Christian's hair.

Wong estimated only 1 in 50 donations to the organization come from boys.

Click here to read the full story from TODAY.com and to see more photos of Christian.


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