What a selfless act!
A teenager in Huntsville, Alabama raises $38,000 for children with cancer by cutting his afro, The carrot reports.
17-year-old Kieran Moïse is known in the city for his voluminous and luxurious head of hair. The teen spent six years growing out of his full youth, and it became a big part of his identity.
“[Kieran] was born with a beautiful head full of hair, and that was the first thing everyone noticed about him all his life. Everywhere he went, he was the man with the big hair. There was no way not to notice. Every Sunday night I helped him condition it piece by piece while watching two movies. That hair was a big part of his personality,” his mother, Kelly Moïse, told reporters.
Nevertheless, after graduating, Moïse made plans to join the Air Force Academy, an organization with a strict grooming policy that forced him to cut his hair. Knowing that his hair would eventually have to go, the teen made a plan to get his hair cut at a charity event. He invited the residents of Huntsville to see him cut, with the intention of raising money to help children battling cancer.
Moïse set a goal of raising $1,000 an inch for his Afro, who was about 19 inches. His mission was to donate the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. He also plans to donate his hair to Children With Hair Loss, a Michigan nonprofit that provides free human hair wigs to children and young adults dealing with medically-related hair loss. The teen exceeded his goal, doubling his efforts and raising a total of $38,000.
The teen was inspired to help children with cancer based on his own experience. When Moïse was in eighth grade, he lost a close friend to cancer. He was determined to pay it forward and maximize his haircut to his own advantage to help as many people as possible.
Speaking at the event, Moïse spoke of his motivations, saying he “didn’t want to just cut it off and drop it on the floor. [because] there are many people who need help.”
Moïse is currently stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. According to their policy, he will not be allowed to communicate with the outside world for another month or so, but his mother said he hopes his story inspires others to give back in every way possible.
“He wants people to know that if he can donate his hair, anyone can. He hopes everyone will be encouraged to go out and do their own little act of kindness,” Kelly Moïse said.
Thank you for your giving heart, Kieran!
Photo courtesy of Rick Karle WVTM 13