And he finally cut it.
I want to braid it. (photo by Deeana Thomas, via TODAY)
It takes a pretty determined 6-year-old to make a decision like Christian McPhilamy did. When I was six I couldn't sit still for 2 minutes, let alone commit to something for 2 years. You don't have to sit still to grow out your hair, so I guess that's why Christian succeeded.
He and his mother Deeana Thomas always Googled one topic Christian found interesting throughout the day, so they could learn about it together (this seems dangerous, but moms know what they're doing). One day Christian had seen an advertisement on TV for St. Jude's Children Research Hospital. Curious, he asked his mom to search it rather than "cute dogs," or something. That's when he heard about cancer...harsh.
He also discovered hair donation charities and decided he wanted to help. So the great hair growth began. Christian's mom got right on board.
Hanging in there. (photo by Deeana Thomas, via TODAY)
Apparently, Christian got a lot of grief for not subscribing to gender norms. One man even told him he needed a hair cut. After Christian explained he was growing out those blonde waves to donate to cancer patients, the man apologized. Maturity is contagious.
Well, two years later it was finally time to cash in on all that intense follicle generation.
Before and after. I usually cry after a hair cut. (photos by Deeana Thomas, via TODAY)
Way to go, Christian! He donated all those tails to a non-profit called Children with Hair Loss, one of the few organizations that gives hair pieces to children at no cost. Most places charge something for wigs. It's wonderful that this little boy is already getting a leg up on helping people, starting with what he has to give: hair. For adults, remember, most organizations would prefer money, so it's better to only send envelopes of hair to your secret crush.