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A 10-Year-Old Grew Out His Hair For Two Years To Make A Wig For His Friend With Alopecia

Real heroes don't always wear capes.

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At age 4, Gabby developed alopecia areata, an autoimmune skin disease that causes hair loss. Since real hair wigs are expensive, she's generally worn headbands or hats and gone without a wig.

"We're very open and we leave it up to her," Gabby's mom, Emilia Ruiz, told BuzzFeed News. "We want her to be comfortable."

When Tyler and Gabby met three years ago, Tyler noticed that Gabby seemed especially shy. "He immediately asked Gabby's mom what he could do for her to make her feel better," Tyler's dad, Jason Boone, told BuzzFeed News.

When the day came for Tyler to finally cut his locks, Gabby was the one who did the honors.

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"Tyler is such a generous kid," his dad said. "We try to raise him with the message that you put other people first."