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Boy Grows His Hair Out For A Girl With Cancer, And Our Hearts Just Melted

This 10-year-old boy spent two years growing out his hair so that he could donate it to a child with cancer.

Get ready for your heart to melt.

10-year-old Thomas Moore spent the last two years growing out his hair so that he could donate it to a girl with cancer. Two years of combing and brushing and braiding his ever-growing locks.

And, a couple weeks ago, Moore got it cut.

What was his inspiration?

Two years ago, he saw his mother, Angie Pulos, watching a video on Facebook about Kyssi Andrews, a girl who’d lost her hair due to cancer, BuzzFeed News reports.

Moore wanted to help her, and so his hair-growing began.

He “just wanted it to be long enough to make the girl feel happy,” said Amber Ray, Moore’s aunt.

Pass the Kleenex, please.

How did the experience go?

As Moore’s hair got longer, they had to cornrow it to keep it tame, his aunt said—and Moore didn’t like getting his hair braided, and thought about putting an end to growing out his hair.

But then “they had to re-focus on the reason for growing it,” Ray said.

And are we ever glad they did.

Saturday, September 10, was the big day: The haircut. Ray said Moore was nervous, curious what his new hair would look like.

Afterwards, “he said he felt good about it and hoped it would make other people happy,” Ray told Buzzfeed News.

When Ray posted the before and after pictures of Moore on Twitter, the story went viral. As of this writing, it’s been retweeted 62,000 times and 120,000 people gave it the heart icon, indicating they love it.

How much hair did Moore grow out? Three wigs’ worth.

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If that’s not inspiring, we don’t know what is.

We’ll say.

Sadly, Kyssi Andrews, the girl who inspired Moore to grow out his hair, passed away on June 7, 2015, according to the Kyssi Andrews Foundation for Pediatric Cancer that was established in her name. We’re sure Moore’s hair will be of benefit to others, and we know that his story most certainly is of benefit to the world and all of us.