Cole Griesman has been growing his hair for over a year and a half. On Christmas Eve, he decided it was the time to give his gift to others.
“I like it because it helps keep you warm in the winter,” he said when asked what he liked about his longer than shoulder length hair.
But, for every positive, the harsh reality is negative a lot, too. “They call me a girl and stuff and it’s really disrespectful to me and my family.”
The kids at school pick on Cole for his long hair; but nothing seemed to waiver him from his mission.
No matter what anyone says, 11-year-old Cole has been persistently growing his hair to donate it to a charity that makes hairpieces for children with cancer, it’s called “Wigs for Kids.”
Christmas Eve was the big haircut at Frederick Square Barber Shop. Channel 6 News was invited by Cole’s father, Matt, to see the action. He stood by proud, taking photos to document the moment.
The whole reason for the donation is to honor Cole’s mother, Joan. She died of colon cancer three months after Cole was born. “I see a lot of her in him every day,” says Cole’s father, Matt Griesman.
After several snips and cuts, Cole got the first glimpse of his new look, “Oh jeez, I look weird,” he said.
Cole will miss his long hair, but with the awkward new haircut feeling comes a feeling of accomplishment; knowing that the tribute to his mother will carry on and help other kids his age who are coping with a lot more than unkind words from classmates.