A 10-year-old Katherine boy will be chopping his long hair this Friday to change the lives of kids living with cancer.
Overcoming two years of taunting at school, Riley Brumfield's hair has finally reached the required 20cm mark and is long enough to be donated to the children's wig charity Variety.
As someone who has frequented hospitals for most of his life, dealing with kidney issues, he knows better than most how tough some young people are doing it.
"I went to the hospital and talked to kids who have cancer," Riley said.
"It made me feel sad and I wanted to help."
The Katherine South Primary School student put up with constant remarks about his long hair, but never buckled.
"I know that I would rather give my hair to kids with cancer than shave it off because kids were being mean to me," he said.
At the time of publishing, Riley had also raised more than $2,200 through the Leukemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.
Surpassing his original goal of $350, the money will fund vital support and research for those diagnosed with a blood cancer.
Riley's mother, Chrissy Gordon said she was proud of her son for sticking out the tough times and showing compassion for others, despite his own health issues.
"He has put others before himself and hasn't let anyone break him," Ms Gordon said.
"He knows how hard it is for other kids out there going through a tough time, and while I have found it difficult to see kids at school being mean about him looking like a girl, I am super proud."
In an act of bravery, Riley is getting his hair chopped in front of the whole school at assembly this Friday.
Leaving nothing behind, his hair will be made into a specialised wig for someone who has lost their hair due to a medical condition such as alopecia or cancer.
To donate, head to Riley's sponsorship page here.
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