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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Little boy (7) shaves his head to support his best friend who has cancer

Published 24/01/2014|20:00

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A seven-year-old boy from America has shown his best friend, who has recently been diagnosed with leukemia, just how much he means to him – by shaving off all of his hair.

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Brave Vincent Butterfield decided to make the gesture after his close pal  Zak Gossage was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a fast growing cancer of the white blood cells.

Everyone close to Zack took the news hard but the six-year-old learned to adapt, with the help of his buddy Vincent.

Despite frequent visits to the hospital in Missouri, Zack almost never missed a day of school “because I get to play outside with Vincent at recess”. 

As for Vincent, he started asking questions and learning about cancer, describing it quite aptly as “when your white blood cell and your red blood cells fight”.

But when he learned that Zack’s treatments were so expensive, he wanted to take action and suggested making scarves for purchase in order to raise funds. His efforts resulted in a return of $200.

He also found out that Zack might lose his hair because of the chemotherapy treatments – and turned up for class one day wearing a cap.

“I have a surprise for Zack,” he told the class, pulling off his cap to reveal a completely shaved head.

“I cut my hair off to make Zack feel like he’s not the only one without any hair,” he tells the camera.

Zack continues to get treatments for his illness and continues to go to school every day.

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