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Georgia boy grows his hair out for 2 years to donate it to a friend

After letting his hair grow long for two years, it was finally time for Tyler Boone, 10, to chop it all off for a good cause.

Boone's friend, 12-year-old Gabby Ruiz, was diagnosed at age four with Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. Boone decided that he wanted to forego haircuts and let his hair grow long enough where it could be turned into a wig for Ruiz. On Dec. 29, Boone, visiting from Georgia, accompanied Ruiz to a salon in Brandon, Florida, and she was handed a pair of scissors and given the honor of cutting off his 12-inch ponytail (the hair will be turned into a wig by the nonprofit Children with Hair Loss). Boone — who now sports a buzzcut — said he shrugged off people asking him if he was a girl, because all he wanted to do was "make [Gabby] happy." Catherine Garcia