Shailene Woodley

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Shailene Woodley is prepping for her role as a cancer patient in the upcoming film The Faults in Our Stars by chopping off her hair, and she's making sure it goes to a good cause.

John Green, author of the book the film is based on, says Woodley will be cutting her hair this weekend and will donate more than eight inches of locks to a children's charity.

Green writes on his blog, "She's donating her hair to Children with Hair Loss, an organization that provides free wigs to kids who've experienced hair loss due to cancer, burns, or other medical conditions.

"I want to be clear that this was entirely Shai's idea," he continues. "(I don't even think the studio knows about it.) I hope if you're able, you'll consider joining Shai in donating. Thanks!"

The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of a 16-year-old cancer patient named Hazel who falls in love with a 17-year-old amputee named Augustus Waters. Woodley recently tweeted in reference to the hair-loss charity, "so humbled and inspired by all of you who are physically AND emotionally supporting #hairforhazel & #itgrowsback . LET'S KEEP IT GOING!"

The film is set to begin filming in Pittsburgh within the next month.

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