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Following five year quest, boy donates his hair for cancer wig

TAIPEI--An 11-year-old boy from Hualien County, Eastern Taiwan, finally had his hair cut this summer, which he kept long for five years so he could donate his hair for a cancer wig.

The remarkable wish of Lee Kuan-lu, a fifth-grader at Zhu-Qiang Elementary School in Hualien, to help people in need caught the attention of local media outlets, which reported this story during the past few days.

Lee touched the hearts of his teacher and classmates with his charitable deed, despite the inconvenience of keeping his hair long and enduring others' frequently poking fun at him, the reports said.

Asked if he had had ever wanted to give up the effort to keep his hair long, Lee said yes. But, “I kept telling myself that keeping my hair long can help many people,” he told the Public Television Service.

The good thought, however, had been nearly frustrated this summer when Lee's hair was long enough for a wig. At that time, no institutes or organizations in Hualien were willing to make wigs because of a lack of funds, Lee's mother said.

Lee's family then sought assistance from the county government, the mother said. At last, the Taipei-headquartered Hope Foundation for Cancer Care accepted Lee's hair, realizing the boy's five-year wish, the report said.

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