What strangers don’t know about boys is that they chose to grow their hair for a special reason.

It all started when a family friend died of cancer. The three older brothers were close to their missing friend and wanted to do something to help the other children who were battling cancer.

The three older brothers started growing their hair two years ago so they could donate it to the nonprofit Kids With Hair Loss.

Soon the little ones wanted to help, then six sons transplanted their hair for charity. It was not easy and the boys had to endure a lot of harassment and intimidation from the other children. Most adults were more understanding, especially when they found out why boys have long hair.

After two years of growing their hair, the boys are finally ready to visit the barbershop and donate their long locks. So how much did they donate? The six boys and their mother donated 17 feet (5 meters) of hair to the organization.