Mom And Her Six Sons Donate 17 Feet Of Hair In Amazing Act Of Solidarity

Haircuts for a good cause.

When the Kannisto family from Buffalo, New York decided to grow out their hair, it wasn't for style. The family decided to donate their locks to Children with Hair Loss, an organization providing hair replacements for kids with medically related hair loss. 

So, mom Phoebe Kannisto and her six sons —10-year-old Andre, 8-year-old-twins Emerson and Silas, and 5-year-old triplets Dexter, Reed, and Herbie — ditched the haircuts and let their tresses grow past their shoulders. They all waited until every one of them reached the minimum hair length accepted for donation. Some grew their hair for a year, while others grew their hair for up to five years.



On April 25, the entire family went to the hairdresser for their big cuts.

Kannisto and her six sons visited their local salon, Hizair Hair Salon, which stayed open after hours and didn't charge the family for the services. 

The family ended up with 17 feet of hair to donate.

The mom took to Facebook to talk about the family's donation, and to show their dramatic before-and-after photos.

"Today my SIX SONS and I donated our hair to Children With Hair Loss. A grand total of 17 feet of hair donated! I am so proud of my boys. They have been picked on and teased by everyone from their peers, to grown adults. . but they didn't let that stop them. They had a goal and stuck to it. They are such amazing role models to their little sister. She watched in awe.  A very special thank you to Hizair Hair Salon in North Tonawanda for making this donation possible. Thank you, Sue, Tammy and Chrissy for taking the time after hours to help our family accomplish this goal. #hairdonation#mysixsonsandme #singleton #identicaltwins#fraternaltriplets #hizairhairsalon #buffalove — feeling accomplished at HIZAIR HAIR SALON."

Kannisto told HuffPost she has been donating her hair on and off since she was a teenager. And the family began donating their locks after a friend of hers lost her young son to cancer three years ago. "He was a twin and very close in age to my twins," she told the publication. "On the first anniversary of his passing, my three oldest boys donated their hair in his memory. Since their donation two years ago, our lives have continued to be touched by cancer. It's everywhere."

"My boys want to help, and donating their hair is how they do it."

As Kannisto highlighted in her post, her young sons had to deal with teasing and bullying from both kids and adults because of their long hair. However, the boys held their heads high, and continued with their goal.

And they're not stopping here. The family is already planning their next donation. The next time, their little 2-year-old sister Marah Taylor wants to be involved because her locks weren't quite long enough for this donation.

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