For two years, a 10-year-old boy ignored bullies taunts while growing his hair to help a family friend who had lost her own.

Gabby Ruiz, 12, was diagnosed with alopecia-areata, a hair loss disorder, at the age of 4. Tyler Boone, 10, decided he wanted to help his friend.

Gabby has gone through different types of treatments, she’s been unable to grow her hair, so Tyler decided he wanted to make her a wig. “He said, ‘Well, it’s just hair, I can grow hair,’” Tyler’s mum, Denise Boone, told ABC News.

Tyler has been growing his hair so long he’s been mistaken for a girl.

“I’m used to it now,” he said.

But, with a smile on his face, the 10-year-old spoke about how he met Gabby, adding, “I just want to make her happy.”

For nearly an hour, the two giggled and laughed during the photo shoot at a local mall. They took pictures with a tape measure showing Tyler’s hair at 12 inches, then captured the moments as Gabby personally cut his hair.

The hair will be donated to a non-profit, Children with Hair Loss, to make a wig just for Gabby.

What an awesome friend!

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  • What a beautiful thing to do!


  • What a beautiful thoughtful thing this boy has done for his friend.


  • cute and I don\’t really like monkeys


  • What a wonderful little boy! He’s surely going to grow into an amazing young man. So nice reading these stories. I especially like he ignored the bullies to achieve his goal

    • It shows he has resilience and strength – good on him!


  • That is one cool little man!


  • Sad that we are in a time where hair length and style is still defining. It really should not matter one bit.


  • What a amazing little man. You are a great friend.


  • That’s just beautiful Tyler, you’re an awesome friend !!


  • What a wonderful strong minded young man Tyler is at only 10. Can imagine a lot of wonderful things that he will do in his life.


  • Wow! Tyler is inspirational. He has a selfless heart.


  • I hope he persists until his hair is long enough to be used for a wig. It has to be a mininum length so I suspect he needs to grow it more yet.


  • Oh! This is so sweet. I love reading this type of stories! :-)


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