A 10-Year-Old Boy Grew His Hair For Two Years So His Friend With Alopecia Could Have A Wig


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1. This
is 10-year-old Tyler Boone of Atlanta, Georgia,
and his 12-year-old friend Gabby Ruiz, of
Riverview, Florida.

 

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2. At age
4, Gabby developed Alopecia
areata, an autoimmune skin disease which
causes hair loss. Since real hair wigs are
expensive, she’s generally worn headbands or
hats and gone without a wig.

At age 4, Gabby developed Alopecia areata, an autoimmune skin disease which causes hair loss. Since real hair wigs are expensive, she's generally worn headbands or hats and gone without a wig.

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“We’re very open and we leave it up to her,”
Gabby’s mom Emilia Ruiz told BuzzFeed News. “We
want her to be comfortable.”

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3. When
Tyler and Gabby met three years ago, Tyler
noticed that Gabby seemed especially shy. “He
immediately asked Gabby’s mom what he could do
for her to make her feel better,” Tyler’s dad
Jason Boone told BuzzFeed News.

When Tyler and Gabby met three years ago, Tyler noticed that Gabby seemed especially shy. "He immediately asked Gabby's mom what he could do for her to make her feel better," Tyler's dad Jason Boone told BuzzFeed News.

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4. When
Tyler realized that Gabby couldn’t grow her own
hair, the fourth-grader generously decided to
grow some for her.

When Tyler realized that Gabby couldn't grow her own hair, the fourth-grader generously decided to grow some for her.

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6. When
the day came for Tyler to finally cut his
locks, Gabby was the one who did the honors.

When the day came for Tyler to finally cut his locks, Gabby was the one who did the honors.

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“Tyler is such a generous kid,” his dad said.
“We try to raise him with the message that you
put other people first.”

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7.
Children With Hair Loss now has the hair and
will take another few weeks to fashion the wig.
Gabby’s mom says she’s been blown away by
Tyler’s kind act.

Children With Hair Loss now has the hair and will take another few weeks to fashion the wig. Gabby's mom says she's been blown away by Tyler's kind act.

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8. “It’s
a sweet thing that a kid at his age would want
to do that for a friend,” she said. “To see
Gabby smile after going through all of this has
been really sweet.”

"It's a sweet thing that a kid at his age would want to do that for a friend," she said. "To see Gabby smile after going through all of this has been really sweet."

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