10 Y.O. Boy Spends Two Years Growing His Hair Then Donates It To Make Wigs For Kids With Cancer

Sometimes we tend to focus in on the negative things in the world around us. It’s easy to do, because ‘bad news sells’ and we often get a view of the world from the agencies that promote bad news. Every once in a while, however, something good comes along and it is important to hear about it. This is one of those times.

It involves a young man named Thomas Moore who, when he was only eight years old in 2014, decided to grow his hair. It happened after his mother showed a video of a five-year-old girl with cancer, Kyssi Andrews to her son. The fact that the little girl had lost her hair really touched him deeply. He began thinking about other children who had the same condition and he came up with an idea. What is more, he acted on it without doubting or fearing.

After his aunt posted the story on Twitter, it went viral and got over 57,000 retweets. People were amazed that such a young man could give so much in an unselfish act.

When Tom’s mom was watching the video, Thomas came up behind her and saw what she was watching. Even though he was only seven at the time and didn’t understand what he was seeing, she took the time to explain it. She told him about cancer and chemotherapy and how children can lose their hair as a result of it. His mother talked about the treatment drugs that attack cancer cells but they also attacked healthy cells in the body.

Those healthy cells include those that support the hair on the scalp and the rest of the body. She then summed it up by telling him that people who go through chemotherapy experience a lot of pain and sometimes, lose their hair.

Thomas knew in his heart that he had to do something for that little girl. He knew that it must be difficult to lose your hair when you are so young. He then made the decision not to cut his hair until he had grown enough to make two full wigs. He wasn’t sure how long it would take at first but he knew he just wanted to grow enough so that a little girl would have the hair she needed.

His aunt, Amber Ray spoke with Buzzfeed about his dedication to achieving his goal.

“It started off just fine when his hair was shorter,” Ray said. “But as the afro grew, they had to cornrow it to keep it nice and tame.”

It wasn’t always easy for Thomas to grow out his hair. His scalp was tender and he had to endure a lot of pain to get his hair braided regularly. It was tempting for him to quit sometimes but he was encouraged by his family to keep moving forward. “We had to re-focus on the reason for growing it,” Amber said.

After two years, Thomas was 10 years old and he went to a wig salon to get his haircut. He now had 17 inches of healthy hair and he was able to surpass his goal. When the stylist removed his hair, there was enough to make 3 wigs!

Tom’s mom talked about how amazed she was at the selflessness of her son.

“I think it’s really fantastic that he felt like he could do something so selfless to help somebody else so much,” his mother Angie Pulos said.

During the two years that he was growing his hair, it was full and long and he gained quite a bit of notoriety at his school. Now he was nervous about going back to school without the hair but it was all worth it to him. Today, Thomas is 12 years old and perhaps he may even consider doing it again.

Children are able to display a lot of kindness and when they are encouraged to do so at a young age, it can really carry over into adulthood. This young man didn’t want anything in return for his selfless act. He just wanted to put a smile on the little girl’s face who had lost her hair because of a terrible disease.

Schools Are Removing Analogue Clocks Because Kids Can’t Read Them

As our age becomes more technological, we’ve become more dependant on the our screens. And this has had a very dramatic effect on schools in the United Kingdom, where teachers have been changing their analogue clocks in exam halls over to digital clocks because students are now having difficulty reading them.

Malcolm Trobe, who is deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), told The Telegraph how students younger than 18 have become more accustomed to digital services.

“The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,” he explained. “They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer. Nearly everything they’ve got is digital so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere.”

Trobe, who has worked as a former principal, said that teachers want their kids to be as relaxed in an exam setting, and traditional clocks could add unnecessary stress. He added that schools are trying to make everything as “easy and straightforward as possible.”

“You don’t want them to put their hand up to ask how much time is left,” Trobe said.

“Schools will inevitably be doing their best to make young children feel as relaxed as the can be. There is actually a big advantage in using digital clocks in exam rooms because it is much less easy to mistake a time on a digital clock when you are working against time.”

Stephanie Keenan, who is head of English at Ruislip High School in north-west London, told The Telegraph that her school was one of the many schools to make the switch. A head of department at Cockermouth School and chair of the West Cumbria Network, Cheryl Quine, said they did the same “when some [students] couldn’t read the exam room clock”.

Trobe says that clock face reading is taught in school, however he explained that many students still don’t fully comprehend by the time they reach high school level.

“It may be a little sad if youngsters coming through aren’t able to tell the time on clock faces,” he admitted. “One hopes that we will be teaching youngsters to read clocks, however we can see the benefit of digital clocks in exam rooms.”

Sally Payne, who is the head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust, said back in 2018, that children are finding it harder to hold pens and pencils as a result of increased technology use.

“To be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers. Children need lots of opportunity to develop those skills,” her warning was strong.

“It’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling toys and ropes. Because of this, they’re not developing the underlying foundation skills they need to grip and hold a pencil.”

As we consider the younger generations coming up behind us, are we beginning to see the beginnings of a sci-fi story that ends with the destruction of humanity?

5 Young Men Swarm Elderly Veteran At Restaurant Only To Pull Stunt That Makes Brings Him To Tears

When someone describes a hero, they might include things like a colorful costume and flowing cape. The fact is that one doesn’t have to look to Superman or any of his comic counterparts to see the face of a true hero.

The members of the United States military are heroes by every definition of the word. These brave men and women serve valiantly every day, sacrificing their safety and the joys of a normal life to make sure that our nation can prosper and that we can enjoy the safety that comes with living in a free country.

As such, veterans of the service deserve every honor and respect that we can bestow on them. A group of Marines in Illinois recently got a chance to show their appreciation for a Vietnam War veteran.

Lou Zezoff of Granite City, Illinois was enjoying a dinner with his wife at a local Cracker Barrel when a Marine stopped by their table. Grasping Lou’s hand, the Marine thanked the Vietnam veteran for his sacrifice in the war.

While grateful for the Marine’s respect, Lou was a little surprised at the attention. Soon after, three more Marines stopped by Lou’s table, all thanking him for his service.
As Lou and his wife finished dinner, he asked the waiter for the check. Lou knew that something was amiss when the waiter flashed a wide grin and said, “This is your lucky day.” The waiter revealed that the Marines had paid for Lou’s dinner.

Grateful for the act, Lou went to the Marines’ table. Embracing one of them, Lou told the group that they didn’t have to pay for his dinner and that the act of kindness from before was more than enough. The Marines were emphatic, however, insisting on paying for Lou’s meal to show their gratitude.

As the Zezoffs were preparing to leave, the Marines had one final surprise for the veteran. Lining up in front of his table, each Marine shook Lou’s hand, embraced him, and thanked him for his service.

Lou was nearly brought to tears by the show of respect, later telling reporters that the whole restaurant watched in silent awe of the Marines’ actions.

What do you think of the Marines’ show of respect for Lou? Have you ever done anything to show your appreciation for veterans in your area? Let us know in the comments and pass this along to your friends and family to see what they think!

House was burning down when mom finds family pit bull dragging 7-month-old baby by her diaper

When it comes to having dogs and babies in the same house, there are a wide range of parents who are against the idea completely. They are scared that the dog will hurt their baby, understandably so. Pitbulls are one of the most common breeds that parents look to avoid. These dogs have a reputation for being overly fierce and while it is unfounded, it still affects the decision making process.

The mother in this story learned firsthand that this reputation has not been earned at all. Latana Chai is a mother from California who recently underwent a terrible ordeal. She and her child Masailah were inside of their home when the neighbor’s house burst into flames. Sasha the pitbull was also there at the time. The pitbull is roughly the same size as the seven month old child.

The fire took place back in June, while Latana was fast asleep. All of a sudden, she heard the dog barking at the back door. She did not know why the animal was making such a racket but she seemed to be in quite a bit of distress. The dog’s barks were far more intense than usual. Latana figured that something had to be seriously wrong for the dog to bark like this.

Sasha and her child are very close, according to Latana. They have spent almost their entire lives together. This dog was not going to let anything happen to their little buddy. When the neighbor’s house caught on fire, Sasha leaped into action immediately. What she did next will stun those who still allow themselves to believe that pitbulls are inherently scary creatures.

By the time Latana realized what was going on and went to check on her child, there was no need. Sasha was already racing to her side. The pitbull sank its teeth into the child’s diaper and pulled them outside, away from the danger. From there, Mom made sure that everyone made their way outside safely. If not for this dog’s quick thinking, Masailah may have been badly hurt.

Would you like to hear more about this truly incredible rescue story? Of course you would. Be sure to check out the video below and pass it along to all the pitbull skeptics in your life. Let’s all do our part, so that these dogs can start to change their reputation and receive the praise they deserve.

Exhausted Mom Pens Open Letter To Her Husband — Everyone Needs To See It

Appreciate the moms around you, because they do a lot.

The work that is involved in taking care of a newborn is definitely not little. It takes a toll on your mentally, emotionally and physically. Newborns need attention at every single point of the day. They wake up at odd hours and need to be fed, need to be held, and they need company.

When they become toddlers, things are definitely not easy as well. Although they are more independent, they come with a different set of challenges. They’re into EVERY SINGLE THING and that, in itself, can be dangerous.

Between caring for newborns and toddler, a mother hardly has no time for her own self. Yet, the modern mother still finds time for her home and her work. In a desperate call or assistance mother wrote to her husband; a letter which all moms can definitely relate to.

“Dear Husband,

I. Need. More. Help.

Last night was hard for you. I asked you to watch the baby so I could go to bed early. The baby was crying. Wailing, really. I could hear him from upstairs and my stomach knotted from the sound, wondering if I should come down there and relieve you or just shut the door so I could get some desperately needed sleep. I chose the latter.

You came into the room 20 minutes later, with the baby still frantically crying. You placed the baby in the bassinet and gently pushed the bassinet just a few inches closer to my side of the bed, a clear gesture that you were done watching him.

I wanted to scream at you. I wanted to launch an epic fight that very moment. I had been watching the baby and the toddler all damn day. I was going to be waking up with the baby to feed him all damn night. The least you could do is hold him for a couple of hours in the eveningto I can attempt to sleep.

Just a few hours of precious sleep. Is that too much to ask?

I know we both watched our parents fulfill the typical mother-father roles growing up. Both our mothers were the primary caretakers and our fathers were relatively hands off. They were excellent dads, but they weren’t expected to spend a significant amount of time changing diapers, feeding, caring, and tending to the kids. Our mothers were the superwomen who maintained the family dynamics.

Cooking, cleaning, and raising the children. Any help from dad was welcome, but unexpected.

I see us falling into these family dynamics more and more each day. My responsibility to feed the family, keep the house clean, and take care of the kids is assumed, even as I return to work. I blame myself for most of it too. I have set the precedent that I can do it.

And in truth I want to. No offense, but I’m not sure I want to know what a week’s worth of dinner would look like with you in charge.

I also see my friends and other moms doing it all, and doing it well. I know you see it, too. If they can manage it, and if our mothers did it so well for us, why can’t I?

I don’t know.

Maybe our friends are playing the part in public and secretly struggling. Maybe our moms suffered in silence for years and now, thirty years later, they simply don’t remember how hard it really was. Or maybe, and this is something I berate myself over every single day, I’m just not as qualified for the job as everyone else.

And as much as I cringe just thinking it, I’m going to say it: I need more help.

Part of me feels like a failure for even asking. I mean, you do help. You are an amazing father, and you do a great job with the kids. And besides, this should come easy to me, right? Motherly instincts, no?

But I’m human, and I’m running on five hours of sleep and tired as hell. I need you.

In the morning, I need you to get our toddler ready so I can care for the baby and make everyone’s lunches and drink a cup of coffee. And no, getting the toddler ready does not mean plopping him in front of the TV. It means making sure he went potty, giving him some breakfast, seeing if he wants water, and packing his bag for school.

At night, I need an hour to decompress in bed knowing our toddler is asleep in his room and the baby is in your care. I know it’s hard to listen to the baby cry. Believe me, I know. But if I can watch and pacify the baby for the majority of the day, you can do it for an hour or two at night. Please. I need you.

On weekends, I need more breaks. Times where I can get out of the house by myself and feel like an individual. Even if it’s just a walk around the block or a trip to the grocery store. And some days when I’ve scheduled swim class and play dates, and it seems like I’ve got it all under control, I need you to offer to lend me a hand.

Or suggest I go lay down during the kids’ naptime. Or start putting away the dishes without me suggesting it. I need you.

Lastly, I need to hear you’re grateful for all I do. I want to know that you notice the laundry is done and a nice dinner has been prepared. I want to know you appreciate that I breastfeed at all hours and pump when I’m at work when it would be easier for me to formula feed.

I hope you notice that I never ask you to stay home from your networking events and sport activities. As the mom, it’s assumed I’ll be home all the time and always available to care for the kids while you’re out and I feed that assumption by, well, being home all the time.

I know it’s not how our parents did it, and I hate even asking. I wish I could do it all and make it look effortless. And I wish I didn’t need kudos for doing things most people expect from a mom. But I’s waving a white flag and admitting I’m only human.

I’s telling you how much I need you, and if I keep going at the pace I’se been on, I will break. And that would hurt you, the kids, and our family.

Because, let’s face it: you need me, too.”

A lot of men definitely took offense to her letter, but we all should understand the sentiment that she’s trying to pass across here. Mothers need help, and we as husbands should be at the ready to provide assistance whenever we can.

4-Year-Old Accidentally Kills His Pet Fish After Snuggling It All Night In Bed: “I Just Wanted To Pet It”

Small children are very innocent, and sometimes they have good intentions without realizing what consequences could lie in store. 4-year-old Everett Hamlin loved his goldfish Nemo, so he decided that his aquatic friend would be comforting to snuggle with at bedtime. Tragically, the affection that the little boy had for his flippered friend sent it to an early watery grave.

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Apparently, little Everett didn’t understand that fish need to be submerged in water in order to breathe and stay alive. Sometimes basic science principles have to be learned the hard way. When Everett’s mother Tori went to check on her sleeping child, she found him asleep and cradling the goldfish.

When Tori woke the little boy, he was heartbroken to find out that his beloved Nemo was no more. Tori then had the difficult task of explaining the reason that Everett’s love for the fish caused its death.

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According to Daily Mail, Everett explained that he got up in the middle of the night and decided that he just wanted to pet his friend, but he didn’t understand that his actions could cause harm to the goldfish.

Tori explained that it was a shock to see the kid holding the fish, but then she felt sad for the boy when she realized his actions were motivated by love.

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Misunderstandings such as this can be somewhat humorous, even though it caused the needless death of a living creature, but Everett’s mom didn’t see any humor in the situation.

Tori also recognized that it takes some impressive manual dexterity to take control of a fish and hold onto it in that way when you’re only four years old.

He talks my head off, calls my name 1000x a day and makes me look at everything his little eyes see. He has selective…

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Tori speculated that the fish may have grown relaxed around Everett after being in his company for a long time. The little boy enjoyed spending time near the tank to watch his pet fish. The fishbowl was kept in the boy’s bedroom because he enjoyed it very much.

The colored lights in the tank were also a factor that piqued the child’s fascination. However, to the mother’s knowledge, this was the first time that the little boy ever tried to take the fish out of the tank.

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When Everett awoke the next morning, he seemed more concerned about the actions that caused his pet’s demise than sadness over the passing of his aquatic friend.

Everett promised that he wouldn’t touch his next pet fish, but he explained that he should be allowed to touch one if he is out fishing. Everett’s mom chalked it up to another life lesson learned.

If you were intrigued or amused by this story, pass the link on to your friends. Do you think little kids should have fish tanks in their rooms? Let us know in the comments.

‘Judge Judy’ Bestowed With Lifetime Achievement Award At Daytime Emmys After 23 Years Of Her Show

Judge Judith Sheindlin is set to receive one of the biggest honors in the entertainment industry later this year according to a report in Variety. Judge Sheindlin will be honored at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 5 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A former family court judge, Sheindlin has been doing Judge Judy since 1996. The news marks the first time an individual associated with a courtroom or legal program has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The show itself has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program three times in 2013, 2016, and 2017. Both the highest rated court program and the highest rated first-run syndication program, Judge Judy averages about 10 million viewers per episode.

Adam Sharp, who heads the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which distributes Emmy Awards, lauded Judge Sheindlin’s commitment to the show, proclaiming it as the epitome of excellence and diversity. David Michaels, another senior official with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, also applauded Judge Judy’s contributions to daytime television, saying that the show reinvigorated the courtroom genre.

News of Judge Sheindlin’s award spread quickly through social media, with fans praising the judge turned star. Many fans indicate that they have been watching Judge Judy since its premiere 23 years ago and celebrate Judge Sheindlin as both an iconic television star and a truly good person. While the Lifetime Achievement Award is a great honor, it is just one of many awards that Judge Scheindlin has earned in her stellar career.

Judge Scheindlin has been the recipient of the Gracie Allen Tribute Award, which is given by American Women in Radio and Television, and the National Association of Television Program Executives’ Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. Judge Scheindlin also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Before becoming a nationally recognized television star, Judith Sheindlin was one of New York’s greatest legal minds, earning her degree at New York Law School. Before ascending to the bench in 1982, Sheindlin worked as a prosecutor in New York City Family Court.

Becoming a supervising judge in 1986, Judge Sheindlin quickly established a reputation as being tough and intolerant of nonsense. Hearing over 20,000 cases in her career, Judge Sheindlin brought increased transparency to Family Court, allowing greater access for the public and media.

What do you think of Judge Sheindlin being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award? If you watch Judge Judy, do you have any favorite cases?

Heartbroken Dog Cries All Day Over Missing Cow That Raised Her, Then Finally Sees Her Face Again

We’ve seen some adorable and unlikely pairs of animal friends, like a pit bull whose best friend is a chicken and a cat who is convinced a baby goat is its biological sibling.

The inseparable duo you’re about to meet is a brown mama cow and the little puppy she raised.

After Rookie’s mom died shortly after giving birth to the puppy, the cow stepped in to raise the orphaned pup herself. For two years, they lived, ate, played, and slept side by side in a farmer’s barn. Rookie followed the cow everywhere, sleeping on her back and taking shelter between her legs whenever she was scared or needed comforting.

But the farmer found that raising his two cows became too much, and he had to give the brown mama cow to another farmer who lived nearby.

As you’re about to see see, Rookie could not have been more heartbroken by the separation. He yelped and cried, refused to eat, and spent the day longing for his mother to come back. At one point, Rookie even ran off the farm to follow his mama’s voice as she mooed from her new stall.

In the end, the farmer changed his mind and decided to keep the cow for the sake of the puppy who loves her. Thank goodness it’s a happy ending!

Since Rookie was so used to her bovine kin, it was important that she socialize with other dogs. So the farmer took his kindness one step further by bringing another animal into the mix… and it’s a meeting you don’t want to miss.

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He raised a gorilla, 6 years later, it meets his wife – despite the warnings she walks too close

Damian Aspinall is a successful wildlife conservationist. He spent several years raising two sweet gorillas. Djalta and Ima were just babies. Damian stepped in and took care of them until they were 12 years old. Afterward, they were set free in their natural habitat.

Several years later Damian decided to check on the two gorillas and bring along his wife. He wanted them to meet her and for her to see the animals he spoke so often about.

Damian’s wife didn’t have a background in the same industry and was new to wildlife. This was a completely different experience for her.

There was some caution with reuniting with the gorillas, but also introducing a stranger. Damian hoped the animals would remember him and be welcoming towards her.

Once the gorillas were located in the jungle they recognized Damian. They realized who he was and gave signs of friendship and affection. Damian slowly encouraged his wife to ease closer to him in an effort to show that they were together.

The two gorillas accepted her and took a great liking towards her as well. Damian was thrilled and so was his wife.

A video of the meeting was shared on social media. One can see the journey of finding the two gorillas and also the touching reunion.

It’s easy to see the love Damian and his wife have for the gorillas and how much they love and missed him in return.

Thank you, Lord, for our relationships with animals.

Mom Frustrated Behind Slow Vehicle Pulls Closer Then Sees Note Posted, Slowly Backs Off

Driving around town running errands, doing the shopping and transporting back and forth to work all day everyday is time consuming. It could take hours maneuvering through the city to get where you need to be. Any person in their right mind would be completely frustrated when driving behind a slow driver when the speed limit is 25 or greater. If you add a heavy traffic jam or declining weather, and rode rage could set in. But it is times like these that we should take in some deep breaths and re-examine the situation. If we do not maintain our self control we can do more harm than good.

Nine times out of ten there are some perfectly good reasons for slow vehicles congesting the roads. And most times drivers are too distracted or irritated that they do not pay attention to what is actually happening on the road. That was the case for Hailey, a busy mom, wife and blog writer.

Hailey ended up behind a driver on the road who was learning how to drive a stick shift engine truck. She had no idea that the driver was learning how to drive nor did she see the sign in the window warning other drivers of their slow movement at first. Some drivers are preoccupied with their own distractions that they don’t realize they are causing the heavy traffic flow that is created but this particular driver wanted everyone to be aware of the delay. A sign was posted in the window of the truck warning other drivers of the delay. When Hailey finally saw it after many levels of frustration, it changed the way she responded. She calmed down immediately and her own response put her into a reality check.

She wondered if she had not seen the sign in the window, would she have the same reaction. She recognized her frustration levels diminish immediately after reading the sign and her compassion took over. Hailey went to Facebook to share her experience with her followers and to share a much needed reminder.

Angry and frustrated people hurt other people and you can see it as it comes out in their actions. No one truly knows what others are faced with day to day. Even when driving, we can forget what a person is going through and may take our frustrations out on them.

It takes wisdom and patience to understand the pain or depression of a lot of people on the road and most times we cannot see it with the naked eye. Instead of loosing our cool, having a positive outlook to the situation can make all the difference. What we see visually sometimes do not give us the whole picture of what another person is feeling or experiencing at that moment.

Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and we might understand what they are going through. Everyone learns at their own pace and if we keep this in mind patience, love and understanding outweighs frustration, impatience and anger.