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Local student shaves head for autism
Rochester, N.Y. - "It all started out as a big argument," CJ's mom, Kate Clemont, said. "He didn't want to get his haircut. So I said, okay, but grow it for a reason."
CJ made a goal to raise money to help send kids with autism, including his little brother, to Camp Puzzle Peace. It's a place where kids with autism and other behavior disorders can go, explore and have fun. He promised to shave his head if he could raise $100.
"It's like empowering them to feel like they can do something and that they're not alone as well," says Sandy Krajeski, the operations manager at Camp Puzzle Peace. "So I think seeing CJ do something like this gives inspiration to other kids."
CJ surpassed his goal, raising nearly $9,000 through donations from the community. With a proud mom by his side, he was ready for the biggest haircut of his life.
"Oh he looks like a yeti," his mother laughed. "He was so ready to have it removed, so ready! He's got great hair. It's ashame we can't all have great hair like that, but he's going today and he's ready for it."
He left a little tail in the back for style and says he couldn't be happier to help kids, like his brother, have a fun summer.
"We went to Camp Puzzle Peace the first year and I've never seen my brother smile so much, and I just wanted to see him smile more and other people smile more," CJ Clemont said.
After the hair was shaved and clippings were gathered, there was one more surprise; CJ's teacher shaved his head too!