Normally, kids like to look and dress like all of their friends to fit in, but one 11-year-old from Wales risked sticking out and attracting bullies so he could help kids with cancer.
About 18 months ago, Joshua Scott-Hill saw one of his mother’s friend’s daughters in the grocery store. “He asked where her eyebrows were, and I was like, ‘Oh no!’” mom, Samantha Scott, said. “I was curious, so I asked her, and she said she was going through chemotherapy and that’s why she lost her hair,” Josh said.
After asking his mom more about what they saw, Josh announced that he wasn’t going to cut his hair until it was long enough to donate for other kids with cancer who lost their hair. “I decided to grow my hair long and have it cut for ‘The Little Princess Trust’. It needs to be at least 7″ long before they are able to cut it and make it into wigs for children who have sadly lost their hair to cancer treatment and other illnesses,” Josh said.
For the next year and a half, Josh grew his hair out and even raised over $4,500, but the process wasn’t always easy. “A couple of people called me ‘girl,’ … they called me names,” Josh said. “At first I got really upset. But then my mom reminded me why I’m growing my hair.”
Recently, Josh finally cut his hair and donated it, but is already talking about growing his hair out again to donate. “Today I am the proudest Mum on earth,” Samantha said. “I want to say to people that if you’re different from other people, it’s fine, don’t worry about it,” Josh said. “Just be yourself; it’s more important than fitting in the crowd.”
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[Featured image: ABC News/Samantha Scott]