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New Brunswick boy with dwarfism sets aside own struggle to help others

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A 13-year-old boy from Riverview, N.B. who was born with dwarfism has set aside his own struggles to help kids battling cancer.

Ryan Benoit-Tracey, who had been growing out his long blonde curly hair for the past two years, had his locks chopped off on Tuesday.

He’ll be donating the long strands in order to make a wig for a child who lost their hair to cancer.

“Because they think they don’t look like everyone else cause everyone else has hair and they don’t,” Benoit-Tracey

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Chris Tracey, Benoit-Tracey’s father, could not have been more proud when his son decided that he wanted to donate his hair that he had been growing for two years,

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“He has always had a big heart for a little guy and anybody that has struggles he can understand,” said Tracey.

Looking different is that something Benoit-Tracey can relate to.

Standing at only 109 cm tall, he says that being a little person has had its struggles.

“Just reaching anything really you need a stool or something to whack it down,” said Benoit-Tracey.

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Benoit-Tracey said growing out his hair to more than 18 inches long was a big challenge.

“It was hard tangles and everything and when the wind is blowing you are blinded,” he said.

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It was worth it, he said, even though he was mistaken for a girl more than a few times.

Benoit-Tracey said if cutting off his locks can help snip away someone else’s struggles and help them see their own reflection in a happier light then he’s all in.