Young girl donates hair for cancer patients

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Updated: 6/17/2013 6:13 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Not many little girls are willing to chop off all of their hair, but then again, 8-year old Amaya Velazquez isn't just any little girl.

"She's been so excited about this and I'm just really proud of her," said her mom Danielle.

For months, she's been growing her hair out, with a very specific purpose, to help in the fight against cancer.

"I just let it pass and she kept talking about it so I finally asked her one day is this something you wanna do and she said yes."

Amaya's never had cancer herself, but after seeing family members pass away from the disease, her mom Danielle said she's dedicated her entire life to fighting back.

"That's actually where the inspiration came from," said Danielle. "Our whole family is very active in this whole thing because we've lost family members."

So after a little prepping at Salon Bobby Pin in Reno, and a few snips of the scissors, her hair is gone, and ready to serve a bigger purpose.

"They take six ponytails and create and donate the wigs and they give them free back to the American Cancer Society."

Just a small token, from a little girl with a big heart, to make one cancer patients life a little brighter.

"I'm just so proud of her. It's such a beautiful thing for a little girl to want to give up so much of themselves. It really is a selfless act."

And not only did Amaya donate her hair, her mom said she also asked her friends and family to donate money to Relay For Life in lieu of birthday gifts this past year.

Amaya will be participating in this weekend's Relay For Life at Reno High School. For more information about Relay, head to
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