HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Freshmen at US military colleges often have to cut their hair early in their education. For a New Century Technology High School graduate, this college prep step was more than just a visit to the barber shop.
Kieran Moise has only got a handful of haircuts in his entire life, but today he was sitting in front of a crowd at Straight To Ale, which he calls a center of town, getting a cut for the first time in “four or six years”, said Moise.
“I hated haircuts, that’s probably the main reason. My dad always wanted me to shorten it, but that was always one of the things that got people noticed, ”he said.
He was inspired to donate 19 inches of hair after seeing him St. Valericks do a fundraiser in town. The wigs go to cancer patients.
Family and friends surrounded him and cheered him on, and some even took part in the cutting.
Together they closed this chapter of his life and initiated the next.
“I will lose part of my personality, but I will also gain something,” said Moise.
In less than a month he will begin his college career at the United States Air Force Academy. As if donating his hair wasn’t enough, he also started an online one in the weeks leading up to this event Fundraiser, “Curls for Cancer.” The proceeds will go to the St. Jude Hospital.
St. Jude’s is an organization that has been close to Moise’s heart for years.
“I had a friend, Josh Quist, who died in my 8th grade, and I knew St. Jude was helping his family, so I knew this was good company,” said Moise.
Moise’s mom, Kelly Moise, said although it was hard to see her son change such a large part of himself with his haircut, she’s proud that he did it for a good cause.
“As a mother, you want to raise good children,” said Kelly Moise.
Kieran Moise wants others to think beyond themselves and he hopes his haircut will make them think about a donation too.
“I hope this inspires other people to do the same. There is a length requirement, but that’s pretty much all there is to donate her hair. If someone else wants to donate their hair or start their own fundraiser, they can, ”he said.
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