A 17-year-old in Huntsville, Alabama spent six years growing his hair out with the goal of donating it to charity. Now, Kieran Moïse has raised more than $45,000 for children with cancer.
After Kieran got accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy, he knew it was time for him to cut his hair. He decided he wanted to donate the funds towards St. Jude’s Hospital – the hospital that helped one of his friends in middle school battle through cancer. In six years, it grew into a 19-inch afro, and for each inch, he wanted to raise $1,000.
“My hair is 19 inches long and that $19,000 will do so much good to help families dealing with cancer. One of my good friends in middle school died from cancer and I know St. Jude’s really helped his family. This is just one way that I feel like I can give back. It will also help make some really good wigs for kids!” He wrote on St. Jude’s Fundraising website.
“[Kieran] was born with a beautiful headful of hair, and for his entire life, that’s the first thing everyone noticed about him,” his mom told the Washington Post.
Kieran has now raised over $45,000 with highest single donations being $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000.