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How an 8-year-old grew his hair for 2 years to make wigs for Cancer patient

8-year old Thomas Moore went about with his life like any carefree and fun-loving kid would. But, he found a new dimension to life, when he saw his mother watching a video involving a little girl, on social media, who was battling cancer. Initially, he thought that the girl in the video was a boy as she was bald. His mother then explained to him how chemotherapy worked and told him about its dreaded side effects which, often, involved complete hair loss.

Confused and deeply affected by it, Thomas decided that he had to help the girl and started growing his hair.

His mother recalls, how due to his sensitive scalp he would be in discomfort whenever his hairs were combed or braided. Along with this, regular uneasiness and teasing at school exacerbated his problems. But, Thomas stood undeterred.

And after two years of determination, Thomas decided to cut his mane off. Sadly, the girl he intended to help died at just 6 years of age. His efforts, though, didn’t go in vain. When he finally cut his locks, they were enough for not just one, but three wigs.

Thomas Moore after growing hair for 2 years

“It’s a great feeling to be the mom of someone who could actually do something so special. He originally wanted to help a little girl. For him to have enough to help three different people is just a blessing.” says Thomas’ mother.

But the blessing, truly, is this tale of an 8-year old boy who has reaffirmed our faith that kindness lies within us and if searched properly, you can always find it at a hair’s length.

Sonal Paliwal| TOC

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