Vinny Desautels first learned about cancer when his mother, a professional hair stylist, volunteered to help cancer survivors style their hair for a gala. She explained what cancer is and how sometimes people lose their hair when they're trying to stop cancer.
When Vinny heard what his mom was doing to help, he wanted to help as well. Vinny chose to grow out his hair to donate to kids who lost their hair during cancer treatments.
Vinny, the "eternal optimist," was delighted to do something to help, even though he sometimes got negative comments from strangers. His father, Jason Desautels, said that people often mistook Vinny for a girl, but Vinnny "always took it like a champion" and would good-naturedly respond, "Nah, I'm a boy."
#tbt of Vinny's 2nd grade school pic. This was during the time he was growing his hair out to donate. #victory4vinny #eternaloptimist #effcancer
After two years, it was his turn to sit in his mom's styling chair. She cut off 13 inches, leaving only a little tuft a hair on his head. Vinny was "ecstatic."
Amanda Azevedo wrote on Facebook: "I am so proud to call this little man my son. He has been growing out his hair for the past 2 years and I had the privilege of being the one to cut it for him. He's been teased and mistaken for a girl several times but he stuck with it because he knew it was for a good cause. Vincent, I love you to the moon and back. You are the most selfless 7-year-old I have ever known."
The day Vinny's mom cut his hair, he'd been trying to ignore a persistent stinging in his eye. It was winter, and allergies were flaring up, so his pediatrician had prescribed Benadryl. However, the medicine had no effect.
It wasn't until Vinny came home from school complaining about a pain in his knee that his parents discovered swelling in Vinny's right hip. They took him to the emergency room. After an X-ray, the doctors discovered a tumor in Vinny's pelvic bone. They did more tests and diagnosed the swelling in Vinny's eye as a tumor as well. He soon began chemotherapy treatments to stop the cancer. The boy who had donated his hair to kids who lost theirs to cancer, now lost all the hair he had left.
Oh yeah we also have routine CT Scan and a MRI on top of Chemo.
Vinny's parents say that throughout everything, Vinny did his best to keep a smile on his face. They call him the "eternal optimist." They were excited to celebrate his ninth birthday in September and look forward to see him grow up to become a "video game designer."
Vinny seems to be getting somewhat of an appetite back so we decided to snag some frozen yogurt at Top It Off Frozen...