The experience of temporarily losing their hair due to chemotherapy represents an additional challenge for children who are already battling cancer, and that's what inspired a young boy from Maryland to make a difference.
Two years ago, Thomas Moore spotted his mother, Angie Pulos, watching an online video about a young girl and her struggles with hair loss from her cancer treatment. After Pulos educated her son about the effects of chemotherapy, Thomas decided to grow out his hair and donate it to children with cancer.
"I think that it's really fantastic that he felt like he could do something so selfless to help someone else so much," Pulos told Washington D.C. television station WRC-TV.
Thomas began growing his hair out shortly before he turned 8 years old and spent the next two years resisting the temptation to cut his long hair.
This past weekend, the 10-year-old finally decided to cut it off.
"He said he felt good about it and hoped it would make other people happy," Amber Ray, his aunt, told BuzzFeed.
Thomas' remarkable story soon went viral after Ray posted before-and-after photos of his haircut to Twitter on Sunday. As of September 17, her tweet has received over 119,000 likes.
After two years, Thomas' hair was so long that he reportedly donated enough hair to make three wigs for children with cancer.
Organizations like Wigs For Kids provide hair replacements for children with cancer, and they are always looking for donations from people who want to help out.
(H/T: Elite Daily)
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