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11-year-old boy donates 12 INCHES of hair to nonprofit that makes wigs for sick children


Selfless strands! 11-year-old boy donates 12 INCHES of hair to nonprofit that makes wigs for sick children – and says helping ‘makes me feel very good’

  • Conor Rogers from Kalispell, Montana told KRTV he got the idea to donate his hair after his dad’s friend did it
  • He grew it long enough to chop off more than 12 inches for donation
  • He came to like his long hair but was committed to sharing it with the organization Wigs For Kids
  • Wigs For Kids makes custom-fitted wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness 

An 11-year-old boy from Montana spent months growing his hair out long enough to donate to charity.

Conor Rogers from Kalispell, Montana ultimately donated more than a foot of his blonde hair to Wigs For Kids, a nonprofit that makes custom-fitted wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness.

The generous boy told local news station KRTV that it made him feel good to help other children in need.

Little helper: Conor Rogers from Kalispell, Montana grew his hair long and chopped of 12 inches to send to a nonprofit that makes wigs for sick children

Bright idea! He said he got the idea to donate his hair after his dad's friend did it

Bright idea! He said he got the idea to donate his hair after his dad’s friend did it

Conor said he was inspired to donate by a friend of his father’s, who also donated his hair.  

‘I was just like, let’s grow my hair and donate it,’ he told KRTV.

While he didn’t say how long it took him to grow out, hair grows about 1/2 inch per month on average — so 12 inches would take two years. And because that 12 inches would have to be uniform, it likely started at about chin length — meaning the actual growth time was several months longer. 

Conor’s mother, Meghan Sistok, said she is very proud of her son, particularly because he committed to sticking to his goal even after he came to like his long hair.

‘He mentioned that he really likes his hair now, his sister gave him an out and said, “Well, you don’t have to cut it,” and even today he says, “No, I said I was going to do it and I’m going to do it,”‘ she said. 

Color explained that helping children in need was worth it.

Sweet kid! He came to like his long hair but was committed to sharing it with the organization Wigs For Kids

Sweet kid! He came to like his long hair but was committed to sharing it with the organization Wigs For Kids

'[It] feels good that like someone else that has cancer or a disorder that lost all of their hair, can they actually have hair and my hair, and it makes me feel very good,' he said

‘[It] feels good that like someone else that has cancer or a disorder that lost all of their hair, can they actually have hair and my hair, and it makes me feel very good,’ he said

‘[It] feels good that like someone else that has cancer or a disorder that lost all of their hair, can they actually have hair and my hair, and it makes me feel very good,’ he said. 

Wigs for Kids, an Ohio-based nonprofit operating for over 30 years, provides free hair replacement systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns, and other medical issues

They require a minimum of 12 inches , and hair cannot be highlighted, color-treated, or permed.

Earlier this year, the organization celebrated a four-year-old named Kate who donated her hair — following in her mother’s footsteps.

And earlier this month, they spotlighted Jessica Vik, who had just donated hair for the ninth time.

‘My hair is really thick and grows fast,’ she said. ‘I was inspired by my mother-in-law, who had cancer when her kids were little.  

‘She wore wigs on both stints, losing her hair due to chemo. So every couple years I get short hair, medium, and long hair… This is a way I can give to those in need. I believe God has blessed me with such hair to share it with others,’ she said. 

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