Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes, they grow their hair and keep in mind that less fortunate children out there still need our support. Let’s go back to the year of 2014 when the extraordinary story of Thomas Moore began.
Only 8 years old at the time, Thomas and his mother watched a video of then 5-year-old Kyssi Andrews. The video tells the story of Andrews, a cancer patient who had lost all her hair due to chemotherapy. The girl in the video, unfortunately, passed away later on, but it was enough to trigger something empathic in little Thomas.
As a result, the boy decided to kick off an initiative on Twitter, which earned him 57,000 retweets in no time.
Thomas’ Project for Children Suffering from Cancer
The boy’s mom, Angela Pulos, explains that during the video, she had to elaborate to her son what was happening to the girl. She took the time to explain how chemotherapy helps but also costs patients their hair, which will take time to regrow in return. This alone was enough for Thomas to decide to do the unimaginable for an 8-year-old. The boy made a vow to not cut his hair for two years, ultimately using it as a donation to help make wigs for young cancer patients.
And in fact, he did just that. His hair kept growing along with his will to give back to children fighting life daily.
‘It started off just fine when his hair was shorter,” Ray said. “But as the afro grew, they had to cornrow it to keep it nice and tame,’ says Amber Ray, Tom’s aunt.
She continued to elaborate on how Thomas had weak hair, so it really took dedication in his part to grow it for two years. She explained that growing his hair for two years wasn’t always easy for Thomas, but the family stood by his side.
‘We had to re-focus on the reason for growing it,’ Amber explained.
Three Wigs Sounds Amazing
Two years passed in a blink of an eye, and 10-year-old Thomas was ready to hit the hair salon. He asked help from a specialized wig salon, where stylists cut off a total of 17 inches of healthy hair. The hair then served as a tool to make a total of three wigs, to be later donated to junior cancer patients.
In 2016, Thomas’ mom elaborated on her son’s dedication and selflessness.
‘I think it’s really fantastic that he felt like he could do something so selfless to help somebody else so much,’ Angie stated.
Now 12 years of age, Thomas earned his popularity and image among his peers. However, is far from done, and plans to undertake another two-year hair growing challenge.
It is incredible to think that something as small and as insignificant to us as hair can ultimately make a child smile once again. Truth be told, we could all learn from Thomas and seek inspiration to one day, do a similar quest of our own.