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Kieran Moïse, 17, of Huntsville, Ala., spent six years growing his hair into a glorious afro. When it came time for Kieran to join the Air Force Academy, he had to cut his hair – a grueling experience for any black person who has spent years growing their hair to a beautiful display of volume, length and superb curls. However, Kieran decided that if his hair had to go, something good had to come out, so he turned his hair into charity by inviting the Huntsville community to see him cut at an event to raise money to help children with cancer. help out.
From the Washington Post:
He set a goal of raising $1,000 an inch for his Afro and donating the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, she said. Then he planned to donate his curls to Children With Hair Loss, a Michigan nonprofit that provides free human hair wigs to children and young adults with medically-related hair loss.
Kieran is now at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and, under military policy, will be banned from communicating with the outside world for another month or so, his mother said. But she said he hopes his story will inspire others to do what he did after his first haircut in about six years.
“He wants people to know that if he can donate his hair, anyone can,” says Kelly Moïse. “He hopes everyone will be encouraged to go out and do their own little act of kindness.”
If you do the math at home, you’ll find that $1,000 per inch for 19 inches of hair is exactly $19,000, meaning Kieran managed to raise double the amount he set his goal. What a way to turn a less than desirable situation into something great that will benefit so many.
Again, it’s hard for a black person who’s been growing their hair out for years to go through the big heel.
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Kieran’s mother told the Post that her son “was born with a beautiful head full of hair, and that’s the first thing everyone noticed about him his whole life.”
“Everywhere he went, he was the man with the big hair,” she continued. “There was no way not to notice.” She also said, “Every Sunday night I helped him condition it piece by piece as he sat through two movies watching. That hair was a big part of his personality.”
But Kieran went to the Air Force Academy, and military rules are what they are, so Kelly said her son was determined that if he did have to go to the hairdresser, he would pay for it in a way that would help as many people as possible.”
Kieran reportedly lost a close friend to cancer when he was in eighth grade, so he knew exactly how to “pay it forward.”
At the event, Kieran – who graduated from New Century Technology High School in Huntsville – told KSNB 4 that he “didn’t want to just cut it off and drop it on the floor” because “there are a lot of people who need help.” and he had found the perfect way to do his part.
Kieran Moise, we salute you.