Third-graders and teachers from Meridian Elementary School in Broomfield, Colorado, shaved their heads to support a classmate who was diagnosed with cancer.
Marlee Pack, 9, had been absent from school due to chemotherapy, but when she returned, students did not want her to feel out of place without her hair.
So, they shaved their heads in support.
According to Broomfield News, about 80 students either shaved or donated their hair. Some went onstage to support Marlee at a school event called “Be Bold, Be Brave, Go Bald.”
Meanwhile, there were others who shaved off their hair at home or at local salon, Toujours Belle.
“I thought people would make fun of me,” Marlee said, “but people just supported me instead.”
The event, which took place on March 16, raised more than $25,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization that supports childhood cancer-treatment research.
Marlee is battling Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), which is a type of cancer that develops from the bone or soft and connective tissues in the body. She began 40 weeks of chemotherapy right after her foot had been amputated due to a growing tumor.
“She had such a hard time at chemo, it was so emotionally draining,” Marlee’s mother, Shelly Pack, said.
Though Marlee thinks what her classmates did for her was amazing, she too, has something in store for other cancer victims.
“She wants to make Build-A-Bears and deliver them to kids that are going through chemo,” her mother said.
According to Cancer.org, about 350 new cases of RMS are diagnosed each year in the United States, and it is most common in children younger than 10 though teens and adults can also acquire it.