Many people spent their time in quarantine wishing for a haircut. Many spent a little over a year growing their locks. Well, 17-year-old Kieran Moïse from Huntsville, AL can see that year and then some. The teen spent six years growing out his gorgeous afro and recently cut it all off. Kieran decided to do some good with his haircut by turning it into charity and raising $38,000 for childhood cancer.
What was the reason for the haircut? Kieran enlisted in the Air Force and his beautiful luxurious 19-inch afro had to go. According to KSNB4, Kieran decided to donate his hair to children who lost theirs to cancer as his lost friend to the terrible disease in 8th grade.
“That’s when I started hating cancer,” the Huntsville teen told ABC News.
Kieran witnessed the care his friend received at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. He also wanted to make a difference to those who were still fighting there.
“I knew I didn’t want it just cut off and thrown on the floor, so I wanted to give it back,” he said. “I knew I wanted to send a message.”
And message him he did!
According to The Washington Post, after donating his hair to Curls for Cancer, Kieran started his own fundraiser to raise money to fight the disease. Kieran’s fundraiser, “Kieran’s Curls for Cancer,” launched a partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His original goal was to raise $19,000, which equates to $1,000 for every inch of his hair. But he didn’t stop there. The philanthropic teen has exceeded his goal and has already raised $38,000 and that’s counting.
Kieran’s mother told The Post in the interview that her son “was born with a beautiful head full of hair, and that’s the first thing everyone noticed about him all his life.”
She continued: “Everywhere he went, he was the man with the big hair. There was no way I couldn’t not notice it. Every Sunday night I helped him condition it piece by piece as he sat through two movies. That hair was a big part of his personality.”
Kieran wants to make sure everyone knows that part of his mantra is that kindness. “I know I’ve had rough days where someone just does something nice for me or I see them do something nice for someone else, and I remember that all day,” he said.
Kieran now attends the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He may not have any outside communication at the moment, but his mother said her son hopes to inspire others with his act.
“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.”
Congratulations, Kieran. You truly inspire multiple generations, now and in the future!
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