By Luis Andres Henao | Affiliated Press

Kieran Moïse’s afro was a splendid 19 inches, a massive part of his individuality. But after six several years of development, the 17-12 months-old Alabamian knew that he and his hair would shortly be parted: He was certain for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

So in memory of a close friend who died from most cancers, he minimize it off and donated it to the nonprofit Children With Hair Loss, which presents human hair replacements to youngsters and young people dealing with medically associated hair loss because of to cancer therapies, alopecia and burns.

“I realized I did not want it to just get cut off and thrown on the ground, so I desired to give back again,” he said. “I knew I wished to deliver a concept.”

He did — and quite a few responded. Moïse printed out flyers and distribute the phrase on social media for an celebration held by the nonprofit at a brewery in Huntsville, Alabama. There, family, good friends and even some of his elementary and center university teachers took turns cutting his hair in braids. His story was commonly shared on the web.

“It’s good to see very good information and see … that people are even now doing very good issues, because all it does is encourage others,” he claimed.

“That’s seriously what I want to appear out of this: I want other persons to (say), ‘Hey, if he’s accomplishing this, so can I.’”

Moïse also released a fundraiser by way of St. Jude Children’s Exploration Medical center, which had helped his late classmate, Josh Quist. He died when they were in middle school. “That’s when I begun hating cancer,” Moïse said.

Kieran Moïse, 17, prior to and immediately after having his 19-inch hair minimize and donated to the nonprofit Kids With Hair Loss, which delivers human hair replacements to kids and adolescents going through medically-connected hair reduction, in Huntsville, Ala. Courtesy of Gregg Gelmis by using AP

In the beginning, Moïse hoped he could increase $19,000, or $1,000 for each inch of hair. “Kieran’s Curls for Cancer” has exceeded expectations and has now lifted approximately $35,000 for St. Jude.

Modest gestures of kindness, Moïse explained, can distribute. “When you smile, that typically helps make anyone else smile, and then that a single smile can brighten a person else’s working day,” he stated.

“I know I’ve experienced tough times the place somebody just does some thing pleasant for me or I see them do a thing great to someone else, and I remember that the total day.”

“One Very good Thing” is a series that highlights people whose actions deliver glimmers of pleasure in tricky situations — stories of persons who obtain a way to make a distinction, no matter how small. Browse the selection of tales at single-good-point