Kieran Moïse never liked haircuts, so for the past six years he grew his hair up to 19 inches. His afro, he says, became a huge part of his personality. But the 17-year-old from Alabama knew he’d have to shave it before he heads to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado on June 24. In memory of a friend who died from cancer, he recently cut it off and donated it to the nonprofit Children With Hair Loss. He also launched a fundraising effort through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He hoped he could raise $19,000, or 1,000 per inch of hair. So far, “Kieran’s Curls for Cancer” has already raised nearly $35,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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