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8-year-old girl donates hair for cancer patients for her birthday

LOMA LINDA, Calif. (WKRC) -- Sarah Mihaila could have wished for almost anything for her 8th birthday, but instead of getting something for herself, she chose to make someone else happy.

Just days before her birthday, Sarah's mom cut her long hair off to donate to a program called Wigs for Kids. The now 8-year-old donated 14.5 inches of hair to the program.

"I know a girl [who] has cancer, so that made me feel sad. So I told my mom I want to donate my hair," says Sarah."I was like so proud when I cut my hair because I felt sad when I had long hair because I wanted that girl to really be happy."

Sarah's own life has not been without its share of challenges. Sarah was born with spina bifida and spent a lot of time in and out of Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. Her mom says as a result, she's seen a lot of other children who are facing cancer and other debilitating diseases.

"She prays for those kids a lot and she always wants me to buy things for them," says Sarah's mother, Alexandra Mihaila. Alexandra posted her daughter's story in the hopes that it would inspire others to act selflessly.

At just 8-years-old, Sarah is learning a valuable lesson about giving.

"I didn't want to just receive gifts, I wanted to give a gift instead of receiving," says Sarah.

Sarah isn't finished though. She says she plans to grow out her hair and donate it again when she is 10.

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