Difference Makers: NYC teen on mission to encourage others to donate hair for cancer patients

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Manhattan teen is growing a nice charity by growing his hair.

Caleb Rosenfeld of the Upper West Side has always preferred his hair long.

“It’s kind of become my thing. I like it," he tells WCBS 880's Mike Sugerman.

Even though it’s not always been easy.

“Especially when I was younger, people with good intentions, like people in the elevator saying ‘Hello, pretty girl,’ or something like that," he said.

But his long hair is not just about style.

Rosenfeld has been growing his hair out long and then cutting it once a year since the third grade, when his school did a hair donation drive for cancer patients, mostly children, who lost their hair to chemotherapy.

“And then in fourth grade I did it again, in fifth grade again and I thought, ‘You know, this is something so easy for me’, and then I started really learning what it was really doing, how important, how special it is," Rosenfeld said.

Now he’s 16 years and in charge of the organization Cutting it With Caleb, an ongoing hair donation drive.

“Over four or five years we’ve collected about 230 pony tails for about 2,500 inches," Rosenfeld said.