Young Vinny grew his hair for two years to help cancer patients now sadly faces his own cancer battle.

Seven-year-old Vinny Desautels spent two years growing his hair so he could donate it to cancer patients. He suffered through people teasing him and managed to grow his hair to 13 inches before cutting it and donating to ‘wigs for kids with cancer’.

Vinny and his family have since found out that he has stage four cancer.

Vinny came home from school one day complaining about knee pain. When getting ready to take a shower his parents noticed a significant lump on his right hip and brought him to the emergency room. A large growth was identified on his Iliac bone.

The next day Vinny had an eye doctors appointment for a swollen eye that has been getting progressively worse over the course of a month ( originally thought to be allergies).They told Dr Martel about the previous evening and how he needed to go back to the doctors about the hip, and were concerned the two might be related. Doc agreed and got the ball rolling for them. They’re at Sutter Medical Downtown Sacramento. They’re still conducting tests on Vinny. They have identified another  malignant mass on the eye that appears to be aggressive, the GOFUNDME page states.

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Doctors found growths around Vinny’s hip, cheek and right eye, but are still trying to figure out the exact kind of cancer the seven-year-old is suffering from.

“It is stage four aggressive cancer. 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,” Jason, Vinny’s dad, told Fox 40.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with costs of medical bills.

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  • What a kind spirit. I hope he battles through whatever cancer he has.


  • This would be awful for any seven year old. Best wishes.


  • Amazing little man!


  • An amazing young boy,wishing you all the best.


  • Oh no. Poor vinny. What a brave little guy


  • what a brave little man. such a selfless thing to do, and now he battles it himself. fingers crossed for the best possible outcome for you vinny


  • Poor little guy. My thoughts and prayers are with him.


  • I wonder if the attitude of the other kids would have been any different had they understood and respected his reasons for it.
    Now he is fighting for his life. Stage 4 is very hard/ often impossible to control.
    Sadly it may be a case of keeping him comfortable.


  • Oh! Stage 4! So terrible. I hope he will be able to face this battle with a lot of strength and positivity. I wish him all the best!


  • Why is life so unfair? My heart goes out to Vinnie and his family.


  • What an amazing little boy! I can only suggest that Heaven needs such a trooper upstairs!


  • What an incredibly sad story – sounds like the cancer is very aggressive and developing rapidly. I wish the family all the very best as they struggle through this cancer battle.


  • How awful. This poor little kind soul who gave his all to help others is now experiencing this terrible illness himself :-( I pray he comes through this ok and also gets lots of support as he truly deserves it xx


  • Such a wonderful thing for him to do! And how brave of him! I bet he suffered some ridicule from others for having long hair


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