Boy Donates Hair To Kids With Cancer
TEN-YEAR-OLD Thomas Moore looks to have a bright future in philanthropy and egalitarianism. He was only eight years old when he took it upon himself to help other children who had lost their hair after undergoing chemotherapy by growing his hair – for two years in total – and donating his locks to them. The Maryland native had his light bulb moment when he saw a video his mother had been watching of a five-year-old girl who had lost her hair to cancer.
Thomas happened to stroll past his mother one day as she was scrolling through her newsfeed on Facebook. She stumbled upon a video of five-year-old Kyssi Andrews who had been battling cancer. Thomas, shortly before his eighth birthday, felt bitterly sorry for the young girl and was overcome by the urge to help her out.
If she lost all her hair (and by implication, her confidence) he’d do something about it. He’d grow his hair out, no matter how long it took, so that Kyssi could have a full head of locks once more. He had long braids when he was younger, but saw it an easy task to grow it out once more, even if he does have a sensitive scalp. The itching and slight pain he would experience was but a small price to pay so that he could help someone in need out, in his opinion.
“He didn’t set a time frame for how long he would grow his hair for, he just wanted it to be long enough to make the girl feel happy,” his aunt, Amber Lynne, said. “It started off just fine when his hair was shorter,” she said. “But as the afro grew, they had to cornrow it to keep it nice and tame.”
There were many times that little Thomas felt like throwing in the towel, but he reminded himself on a constant basis why he was doing what he was doing. “He almost gave up, but when the going got tough, they would “re-focus on the reason for growing it,” Lynne told reporters.
She posted before and after pictures of him on Twitter that had been shared more than 55 000 times. She captioned the picture saying “my nephew grew his hair out for two years to donate to kids with cancer,” suffixing the post with a tearful emoji; overwhelmed by the kindness of one small boy.
Lynne also said that he was feeling nervous about getting the cut, wondering what he would look like. The amount of hair that he had grown was astonishing. The afro he sported at the salon would have had the 80’s brimming with jealousy. Sources told that he had grown enough hair to provide three other children with a full wig – and full it was since Thomas has a naturally thick do.
Thomas said that was all worth it despite the hassle and irritation he endures during the four year growing period. He also said that he might have to readjust to being in school without his way-out hair-do. “I feel good about it and I hoped it would make other people happy,” he said.
His mother, Angilea Pulos was hardly as modest as Thomas himself when she could hardly contain herself on Facebook. “Myyyy baby! I’m so proud of him! He’s breathing all hard and smiling so BIG right now!!!” she wrote. She also said that retired NBA player Derek Anderson’s foundation was bequeathing him with an Acts of Kindness award.
Kyssi Andrews sadly succumbed to the cancer she was blighted with, but her mother still took the time to thank a “brave” and “selfless” Thomas. He will hopefully inspire thousands of other young children to carry out the same sort of random acts of kindness to help their peers who are struggling with their own afflictions.