There is so much evil in this world and it can really be a cause for concern and negativity for the lot of us. That’s why it’s important for us to always make a conscious effort to remind ourselves that there is some good in this world that is actually worth fighting for. And one example of such stories is going to be highlighted in this article.
Back in 2014, Thomas Moore was nearing his 8th birthday. And his mom happened to show him a video of a 5-year-old girl named Kyssi Andrews. Kyssi’s story was an unfortunate one as she was a little girl who was battling cancer. And she had undergone what so many people have to go through as a result of chemotherapy: hair loss.
And unfortunately, Kyssi’s story didn’t have a happy ending. She eventually succumbed to her illness and passed away. But it turns out that Thomas took her story and decided to serve as a silver lining; a shining beacon of hope for the goodness of human beings all over the world.
Thomas felt so bad about Kyssi and all the other kids who had to deal with the same kind of condition. And that’s when he came up with a very inspiring idea – and idea that he would see through until its end. Because of his inspiring will and determination, Thomas’s story ended up going viral after his aunt decided to talk about it on Twitter. Her tweet gathered around 60,000 retweets after just a short while. People were genuinely stunned at how much selflessness and kindness could come from such a little boy.
Letting it Grow
Angela Pulos was watching the video of Kyssi’s story when Thomas suddenly came up behind her to look at what she was watching. He was only seven at that time and he didn’t fully grasp what the whole story was about. That’s when his mother took the time to actually educate him about how cancer works and why chemotherapy can lead to hair loss.
She told him about how the drugs that are administered during the treatment would target the fast-growing cancer cells, but that they would also have a tendency to attack the other healthier parts of the body. In most cases, the drugs would even attack the hair roots on a person’s scalp. She explained to him the whole story behind how chemo patients tend to deal with hair loss and excruciating pain throughout the course of their treatment.
The little Thomas decided that he had to do something about it. He couldn’t sit still knowing that kids like him were losing that much hair at such a young age. That was when he came to the decision to just let his hair grow. That’s when he decided to stop getting haircuts altogether.
He wanted to grow his hair long enough for them to be eligible for wigs for suffering cancer patients.
In an interview, Tom’s aunt, Amber Ray, talked about how truly dedicated he was to achieve his goal.
“It started off just fine when his hair was shorter,” explained Ray. “But as the afro grew, they had to cornrow it to keep it nice and tame.”
She also talked about how growing his hair for more than two years hasn’t always been an easy process for Thomas. The boy has a very tender scalp and the fact that he needed to get his hair braided caused him a lot of pain. There were times wherein he just wanted to quit, but with the support of his loved ones, he decided to persevere. “We had to re-focus on the reason for growing it,” Amber said.
Three Gifts For Three Cancer Survivors
Fast-forward to a couple of years later. It’s a bright Saturday morning and 10-year-old Thomas is getting his hair cut for the first time in a very long time. The salon that is handling his hair happens to specialize in wigs. His long locks measured in at 17 inches of fine hear before they were cut off. He had managed to grow so much hair that the salon stylist was able to turn it into three full wigs.
In an interview back in 2016, Thomas’s mom talked about how amazing her son was with regards to his selflessness.
“I think it’s really fantastic that he felt like he could do something so selfless to help somebody else so much,” said Angie Pulos in an interview with NBC.
Thomas is living proof that kindness and generosity are values and traits that can be instilled in kids at even very early ages. And it’s important that they have these strong roots that will serve as foundations for the kinds of characters that these kids will have when they grow up.