Boy grows out his hair to donate to kids with cancer
Ten-year-old Thomas Moore has been growing his hair out for two years -- and it's not to make a fashion statement.
He quit cutting his hair when he saw his mom, Angie Pulos, watching a video about a girl named Kyssi Andrews who was battling cancer and lost all her hair.
Amber Ray, Thomas's aunt, told BuzzFeed News that Pulos explained to Thomas what cancer is and how chemotherapy makes your hair fall out.
Thomas then knew he had to help Kyssi.
He had long braids when he was younger, so he figured he could just grow his hair out again and give it to the girl.
Thomas didn't have a goal set for how long he wanted to grow his hair, but "just wanted it to be long enough to make the girl feel happy," Ray told BuzzFeed News.
She said it was simple at first.
"But as the afro grew, they had to cornrow it to keep it nice and tame," she added.
Ray said Thomas is tender-headed and did not enjoy getting his hair braided.
He had several close calls when he almost cut his hair but he would "re-focus" on his reason for growing it and press on.
And finally, after years, he chopped his long hair off.
"He was feeling nervous about getting the cut, wondering what he would look like," Ray told BuzzFeed News.
She said Thomas donated enough hair to make three wigs.