This is Phoebe Kannisto and her six amazing sons. Meet 10-year-old Andre, 8-year-old identical twins Silas and Emerson and 5-year-old fraternal triplets Herbie, Reed and Dexter. Wow. That is A LOT of kids right there. This mommy certainly has her hands full with all these boys running around the house. And while “boys will be boys," these boys are anything but ordinary.
A few years ago, these little boys decided to grow out their hair so they could donate it to children in need. Phoebe and her husband also donated their hair along with their two-year-old daughter, who wanted to participate but her hair was still a little too short. She was there for moral support, though, when it was time to do the chopping.
When they were finally ready to donate their long locks, they went to Hizair Hair Salon close to where they live in Cheektowaga, New York. The salon was able to cut 17 feet of hair altogether. The salon also refused any payment from the family and donated their time to the cause.
When they collected the hair, they donated it to Children with Hair Loss. This is an organization that provides wigs and hair replacements for kids with medically related hair loss. Wow, these boys truly are heroes at such a young age.
Some of these young boys had been growing their hair from the time they were one. While cutting their hair after growing it out for such a long time may seem like the hardest part of the donation, it wasn’t. They were often bullied because of their long hair.
But these little lads kept their focus and kept growing that beautiful hair. They had one goal: they wanted to help others in need. They weren’t going to let anyone get in the way of doing just that. Especially bullies.
Kannisto has been donating her hair since she was a teenager. In 2015, she decided that it was time to get the whole family involved. When she and the boys decided to grow out their hair, Kannisto also convinced Eric, her husband of nearly 11 years, to do the same.
And while some of her children are too young to fully understand exactly how their hair will benefit someone else, she said that they "have a simpler grasp on the concept, they understand that they’re helping sick kids who don’t have hair and can’t grow hair."
But this family isn’t done yet. While her boys don’t have anymore hair to give right now, their family is already gearing up for their next donation. Kannisto's youngest child, 2-year-old Marah Taylor, wants to donate her hair as well this time.