Cub Scout lets hair grow for two years, donates it all to a friend in need

Sometimes a big Good Turn takes a little extra time.

Just ask Tyler Boone.

The 10-year-old Cub Scout from Pack 1510 of the Northeast Georgia Council let his hair grow out for two years. When it was long enough, he cut it all off to give to a 12-year-old girl with a disorder that prevents her from growing hair.

The 12 inches of locks will be made into a wig for Gabby Ruiz, a Florida girl with alopecia areata.

When Tyler and Gabby met a few years back, “Tyler asked why Gabby wouldn’t take the [cover-up] off her head,” Tyler’s mom, Denise Boone, told ABC News. “We explained that Gabby had a condition that wouldn’t let her grow hair.”

And so Tyler decided to do something unbelievably friendly, courteous and kind. He’d grow his own hair so Gabby could have a wig of her own.

“Well, it’s just hair,” Tyler told his mom. “I can grow hair.”

Tyler was brave, too. As his hair grew, Tyler ignored the bullies who teased him for having long hair. He knew the end result — including the moment when Gabby herself cut off Tyler’s hair — would be worth it.

“I just want to make her happy,” Tyler said, according to this article.

Well done, Tyler!


  1. My son, a life scout has donated twice now. The last time was a year ago. It should be long enough again to donate in May. This will still leave it at chin length.

  2. Awesome job. Had a Scout in our Troop that has been doing this for years. I think he has donated 5 or 6 times now.

  3. Way to go Tyler. We do something similar. 2017 will be the 3rd year for my boys and I organizing our St. Baldrick’s event and 4th year going bald. St. Baldrick’s raises funds for cancer research in kids and young adults. Cancer is the #1 disease killer of kids and young adults in the United States. Find and event in your area, start your own, if you are in Arizona join us, to sign-up or donate at:

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