One New York mom of seven has been donating her hair to charity since she was just a teenager, but when a family friend’s son lost his fight to cancer, her caring sons decided to join in.
On the first anniversary of the boy’s death, Phoebe Kannisto’s three oldest sons cut off all their hair and donated it to a charity that makes wigs and donates them to children who have lost their hair from illness. Kannisto’s triplets were only three-years-old at the time, but they were so inspired by their older brothers, that they decided to grow their hair out as well.
“So we all decided we would donate together and we were just waiting for everybody’s hair to be long enough,” Kannisto said. So for the past few years, the family has been growing their hair out and just recently were able to cut off 17 feet of hair and donate it to Children With Hair Loss. “We are known for our long-haired boys and they do not have long hair anymore,” the proud mom said. “After the haircuts, they were all beaming with pride. It’s been four days and they’re still smiling.”
“I am so proud of my boys. They have been picked on and teased by everyone from their peers, to grown adults… but they didn’t let that stop them. They had a goal and stuck to it. They are such amazing role models to their little sister. She watched in awe,” Kannisto said. “She desperately wanted to hop up in the salon chair and have her hair donated but it was not long enough. So we’re going to keep growing out and hopefully next time all seven kids can do it together.”
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[Featured image: Facebook/Phoebe Kannisto]