March 29, 2009

Boy grows mullet to help cancer kids

A 9-year-old Florida boy says he grew a mullet so he could donate his long hair to children who lost their hair while being treated for cancer.

Dustin Amara of Plantation said after his mother told him about children whose cancer has left them without hair, he decided to grow his hair in a mullet style -- long in the back, short on top, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday.

My mom told me about the people who couldn't grow hair because they had cancer and I wanted to help, said Amara, who had his long mane cut Saturday to complete his donation.

Amara's dad said his son at first endured some ribbing from his peers over his hair style.

He's had some teasing from the other kids because he had his hair long, said Barry Amara, who is growing out his hair to make a similar donation. They'll tease anyone who looks different. But once he explained why, they really admired him.

The younger Amara told the Sun-Sentinel he intends to grow long hair again so he can make another donation. The hair is used by the charity, Locks of Love, to make wigs for children facing hair loss as a result of cancer treatments or a condition known as alopecia.