Huntsville’s Kieran Moise decided to give back in a big way this Memorial Day weekend.
Moise, 17, is bound for the U.S. Air Force Academy, per a report from Fox News. He is a recent graduate of New Century Technology School, a public magnet school in Huntsville.
On Saturday, he cut his 19-inch afro, his first haircut in six years. The goal? Donating his hair to be used for wigs for children fighting cancer.
“I’m going into the military and I didn’t want to just cut it off and drop it on the floor,” Moise told news outlets in the Rocket City. “I wanted to give back because there are lots of people that need help.”
Moise noted that he was inspired to donate after losing a friend to cancer in middle school.
On his St. Jude Fundraising page, “Kieran’s Curls for Cancer,” Kieran advised that he wants to raise $1,000 per inch of his hair.
The money raised “will do so much good to help families dealing with cancer,” he added.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Moise has raised over $25,800.
Donations are still being accepted. Moise told Fox News that he “really hopes this inspires others to do something great on your own.”
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn