Alabama teen raises $39,000 for children with cancer by cutting afro

An Alabama teenager cut his afro to raise over $39,000 for children with cancer.

Kieran Moïse, a 17-year-old boy from Huntsville, Alabama, has spent six years growing his impressive afro hairstyle. His goal was not to be cool or to stand out, but to donate it to charity, Sunny Skyz reveals.

Credits: Kieran Moïse

As the teen was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy, he decided it was finally time for him to cut his 19-inch afro hair. In his St. Jude fundraiser, Kieran wrote:

“I have been growing my hair out for many years with the goal of donating it to charity. Now that it is time to shave it, I would like to raise $1,000 per inch for St. Jude’s Hospital. My hair is 19 inches long and that $19,000 will do so much good to help families dealing with cancer.” 

He added:

“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!”

To the teen’s surprise, kindhearted people touched by his initiative helped him raise $20,000 more than he hoped for.

Credits: Kieran Moïse

In an interview with the Washington Post, Kieran’s mother said her son “was born with a beautiful headful of hair,” adding:

“For his entire life, that’s the first thing everyone noticed about him… Everywhere he went, he was the guy with the big hair. There was no way not to notice it.”

She added:

“Every Sunday night, I’d help him condition it one section at a time while he sat through two movies. That hair was a huge part of his personality.”

What do you think of Kieran’s act of benevolence? Let us know in the comment section!

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