An Alabama teen enlisting in the military decided he didn’t want his long hair to be lost.
Kieran Moise cut his 19-inch hair on Saturday at the Straight to Ale Brewery in Huntsville. He told WAFF that it took him about six years to grow it that long.
The 17-year-old plans to donate the hair to a nonprofit called Children with Hair Loss, Good Morning America reports. There, wigs will be made for young cancer patients.
Moise told WAFF he was inspired to donate his hair after he lost a friend to cancer in eighth grade.
Moise said he still needed a haircut since he was recently admitted to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado.
“I just don’t like haircuts and I, and I haven’t had a haircut in six years. I’m going into the military and I didn’t want them to just cut it off and drop it on the ground. I wanted to give back because there are a lot of people who need that help,” Moise told WAFF.
Moise has also set up a donation page for St. Jude’s Hospital. To date, he has raised over $33,000. His original goal was to raise $15,000.