'I was happy': Boy (7) who grew out hair to donate to cancer patients now has stage 4 cancer

By Samantha Luiz
10 May 2016

Although he was often mistaken for a girl, Vinny Desautels grew out his hair to donate to patients who have lost theirs during treatment.

Although he was often mistaken for a girl, young Vinny Desautels still grew out his hair to donate to patients who lost theirs during treatment.

"Vinny took it like a champ and was like, 'Nah, I'm a boy'," said Vinny's dad, Jason.

"And then everyone got excited when mom cut the ponytails off. I was happy," adds the 7-year-old, who has donated almost thirteen inches of hair.

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Then one day, Vinny came home from school complaining about knee pain. His parents noticed a significant lump on his right hip and took him to the emergency room.

The young boy has donated almost thirteen inches of hair. PHOTO: GoFundMe The young boy has donated almost thirteen inches of hair. PHOTO: GoFundMe

In a sad twist of fate, the young boy,from Roseville, California, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease.

"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," explains Jason.

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Although the doctors are still conducting tests to identify what type of cancer Vinny has, he is "taking all of this like a brave little turd".

"Well, the veins from my hip are traveling to another place right behind my eye and it's making it squinty," said Vinny, who's still trying to make sense of his condition.

In support, Vinny's grandparents have set up an account for the family on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.

"We have started this Go Fund Me account to ease the burden of his parents, Jason and Amanda. Amanda is six months pregnant and Jason is a combat veteran," reads the description on the website.

Vinny with his parents. PHOTO: GoFundMe Vinny with his parents. PHOTO: GoFundMe

"This will enable Vinny's parents be able to concentrate on Vinny getting well and fighting this wicked disease called cancer."

The GoFundMe account has since just under $74 500 (R1, 1 million) in 8 days, money that is meant to cover the "countless doctor appointments, hospital stays and surgeries".

Amanda Azevedo said, "As long as we are doing this as a family, we got this."

Sources: gofundme.com, fox40.com

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