“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara De Angelis
Sometimes, it is nice to be reminded of certain acts of kindness in the world, and this is one of those times. In 2014, when Thomas Moore was nearly 8 years old, his mom showed him a video of the then 5 year old Kyssi Andrews, a little girl with cancer who had lost her hair to chemotherapy.
The little angel Kyssi, unfortunately, passed away, but Thomas had felt deeply sorry for her and every other kid dealing with the same condition. He was then struck with an idea and like the superhero he was, he acted on it without fear or doubt.
His story went viral right after his aunt tweeted about it, gathering more than 57,000 re-tweets in a short amount of time. People were truly stunned by such a selfless act of kindness coming from the little boy.
Two Years Avoiding the Barber Chair
When Angela Pulos, Tom’s mother was watching the Kyssi’s video, Thomas came up behind her to take a peek. He was seven at the time and he did not really understand what the story was about.
His mother then took the time to explain the basics of cancer and how chemotherapy leads to hair loss. She also mentioned that the drugs given during the treatment would attack the rapidly growing cancer cells, but they would also attack other healthy cells in the bdoy.
Cells supporting the hair roots on the scalp and all over the body would also be affected. Finally telling him, that is exactly why people going through chemo lose so much hair and experience a lot of pain.
Thomas felt he had to do something for the poor girl. He figured it couldn’t be easy at all losing so much hair and such a young age.
That was when he decided that he was not going to cut his hair until it grew long enough to make two full wigs. At first, he did not initially know how long he would have to keep growing his hair. He just wanted to grow it long enough to suit a little girl’s flashy taste.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Tom’s aunt, Amber Ray, described how dedicated he was to achieving his goal
“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.”
She explained that growing his hair for two years was not always easy for Thomas. He has a tender scalp and getting his hair braided always brought him a lot of pain. Sometimes he was tempted to quit, but his family always encouraged him to keep pushing. “We had to re-focus on the reason for growing it,” Amber said.
Three Wigs for Three Cancer Survivors
Two years later, on a bright Saturday morning, the 10 year old Thomas finally went to get his hair cut at a wig salon. His long strands measured at 17 healthy inches of fine hair when they came off. He had grown so much hair that the stylist was able to make not two, but three wigs out of it.
In a 2016 interview with NBC4, Tom’s mom declared how amazed she was at her son’s unrestrained selflessness.
“I think it’s really fantastic that he felt like he could do something so selfless to help somebody else so much,” his mother Angie Pulos told NBC.
Thomas was famous at his school during those two years. His hair was so full and long. Understandably, he was nervous about going to school the next week with the dramatic makeover, but to him, it was all worth it. Thomas is now a 12 year old boy and we hope that he is considering doing this again.
Kids should be taught the virtues of kindness and charity at a young age, when they are still pure. It should be the duty of every parent to educate their child of the joy and love shared when they do something nice for someone else. Thomas did not expect anything in return for his favor. All he wanted to do was to put a smile on a little girl’s face. His selfless act has melted hearts all over the world and let his act of kindness not be forgotten.