10-Year-Old Grows Out His Hair For Cancer Patients

As the saying goes, sometimes good things come in small packages. Sometimes, however, good things come from small packages like the small, but huge heart of an 8-year old boy.

Thomas Moore, a now 10-year old boy from Maryland, has been growing out his hair for two years with the intention of chopping it all off to donate to chemotherapy patients. One day two years ago, Moore noticed a video his mother, Angie Pulos was watching on Facebook that featured children who were battling cancer and their bald heads from chemotherapy. After his mother explained how and why kids his age would lose their hair from cancer treatment, something about resonated in the young boy’s heart, and from that moment on, he decided he’d grow his hair out to donate to kids who were battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy.

Boy, did he. Moore not only grew out his hair, he grew out a LOT of hair! Over the course of two years, he sprouted some seriously beautiful locks, and an ample amount of them.

When the time came to chop off his hair, he ended up with enough hair to not make just one wig, but three wigs! The over ten ponytails that were clipped off his head measured over a foot in length each!

 

 

 

Moore’s aunt Amber Ray documented the process via her Twitter account, showing the many stages of his hair growth. Moore didn’t set a timeframe for the hair growth and sometimes, the growing went tough, but Moore’s family helped him stay on track by reminding him why he was doing what he was doing. When the time finally came to chop off his hair, Moore was nervous, but according to his aunt, “He said he felt good about it and hoped it would make other people happy.”

Boy With Down Syndrome Makes Winning Touch Down

With the start of school and the beginning of autumn, football season is in high gear. This past Friday was particularly magical for Novi High School in Michigan. During the game against South Lyon East, the Novi team decided to make this game the most important one of one of their peers’ lives.

Robby Heil has been the waterboy for the Novi team for four years, as long as he’s been at the school. He loves football and has always wanted to play, but Robby has Down syndrome. The team considers him one of their own however, and on Friday, they decided to make his dream come true. Head coach Jeff Burnside said, “This is something that we thought we could do to bring some joy, hopefully some outstanding memories.”

In the second quarter, Coach Burnside put Robby into play. As the team had planned, they handed it right to him, and protected him as he sprinted straight for the endzone. He scored! Robby did an excellent touchdown dance, but his teammates were so enthusiastic about congratulating him that it wasn’t caught on tape. Don’t worry – he recreated it on WXYZ’s Sports Cave in the video below!

The team’s gesture was made all the more touching by the fact that Robby’s mother Debbie was watching from the stands. Debbie has been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer and the pair definitely needed the wondrous night that the Novi High School Football team gave them. Debbie told reporters, “I’ve always been proud of him being the waterboy, or as people call him the hydration manager, but this was incredible. He’s Rudy tonight, he’s Rudy.”

 

Officer Helps Autistic Boy With Push Ups

People with autism often have a different way of approaching the world; they sometimes have sensory discrepancies and see/hear/feel things much differently than others. As such, they can get overloaded or worked up easily, and it sometimes takes a unique and individualized approach to help them calm down.

Christy Richardson knows this very well. Her son 19 year old son, Bubba, has autism, and sometimes when he gets worked up, there isn’t much she can do to help him out. However, Bubba has always been fascinated with police officers. So when Christy couldn’t get Bubba to calm down recently, she called the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department for help.

Deputy Loftis responded, and he was a godsend. The department explained how the officer was able to help Bubba, “When Dep. Loftis showed up, he was able to calm ‘Bubba’ down and showed him how to channel his frustration by doing push ups.” Christy snapped a photo and shared it online to thank the officer, and it quickly went viral.

Soon, people were sharing the photo on other pages and posting in places Christy would come across randomly. But everywhere she saw it, Christy saw praise for the innovative police who were helping her son learn to cope. Bubba is now keeping track of his push up count and is currently at 711,886!

It just goes to show what a little kindness and empathy can do. Share if you agree!

Teen Takes Aunt To Father/Daughter Dance

Sydney Lawrence of Crosby, Texas has some pretty awesome female role models in her life. However, her father isn’t in the picture, so when her high school’s father-daughter dance came up, Sydney knew exactly who she wanted to take: her Aunt Kristen! Sydney says of the unorthodox situation, “I never really knew my father, he never had a part in my life, and my mother is like my best friend. [She] and my aunt solely raised me. And I think having two women who love you insanely is better than having a father.”

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Aunt Kristen jumped at the chance to show her niece just how right she was. She had to miss the practice round of the dance because she works as a police officer and couldn’t get out of a shift, but Sydney videotaped the moves and the pair practiced on the day. In Aunt Kristen’s words, “[we] crushed it!”

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Her aunt even dressed the part and showed up in a fake mustache for the occasion, prompting equal parts laughter and “awws” from the crowd and from the world in general! Sydney posted photos of her and Kristen online with the caption, “when u don’t have a dad for the dad/daughter dance so ur aunt wears a fake mustache and dances w u anyways.”

Could this get any cuter?! So many people on Twitter reacted to Sydney’s post, with comments and retweets like, “aunt of the year”, “I’d probably cry if I was there to see this”, and “what a sweet gesture.” We think this kind of aunt-niece relationship is just wonderful to see! Here are some other reactions to this adorable post!