Local boy donates 2 feet of own hair for kids with cancer after his own battle with illness


Twelve-year-old Jayden Hilbish always liked his hair a little longer, but after losing his grandfather to cancer he decided he wanted to grow it for a cause. The desire to donate grew even strong after his own stay in the hospital. 

Hilbish suffers from Chiari, a condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal.

While spending time at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles for this own illness, he said he met a lot of kids suffering from cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy.

Hilbish has been growing his hair for three years. On Thursday, he donated a total of 2 feet to Wigs for Kids.

“The thing is, I have the ability to regrow my hair, but they go through all those chemotherapy and take all those medicines and they lose all their hair from it, but since I can grow hair, but they can’t I could donate my hair to them so they could have hair,” Hilbish said.

Hilbish said he doesn’t want any kids to be picked on at school for being bald because of their chemo treatment and he hopes whoever receives his hair enjoys it as long as it will last.

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