Seventeen-year-old Kieran Moïse of Huntsville, Alabama, knew upon entering the military that he would have to cut his luxurious, 19-inch afro that he had grown for the last six years. But, instead of just trimming his signature hairstyle, Moïse decided to donate his hair to children who lost theirs because of cancer, KSNB4 reports.
Not only did he donate his hair but he began raising money for cancer research. His fundraiser, “Kieran’s Curls for Cancer,” was launched in partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Moïse set out to raise $19,000, which is $1,000 for every inch of his hair. But he exceeded his goal and has already raised $38,000 and counting for St. Jude according to the Washington Post.
His mother, Kelly, recalls how her son gained a reputation for his hair but now he’ll be known for his commitment to raising money for cancer research.