Phoebe Kannisto, a mother of six boys in Cheektowaga, New York, was criticized and harassed by children and adults alike because all of her sons had long hair.
The boys, ranging from triplets ages five to 10, grew their hair out for a special reason: to donate it to the nonprofit Children with Hair Loss. The family lost a close friend to cancer and the boys were deeply touched by the tragedy.
Despite the judgment and disparaging words, the boys persevered in growing their hair, eventually donating a total of 17 feet of hair. The family’s inspiring story highlights the importance of understanding and respecting personal choices, and the positive impact that can come from empathy and compassion.