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Has your child had a friend diagnosed with cancer? If so, how did you help him or her show support?

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 4:52 AM
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Compassionate 3rd Graders Go Bald to Support Classmate

Posted by Julie Ryan Evans on March 6, 2012

Henry KastnerToo often the news is filled with stories of our nation's children bullying one another, doing drugs, and making other abhorrent choices that make us fear for the future. Some third graders in Ohio, however, are a shining example that there are many kind and compassionate kids out there as well, even if they don't make major headlines regularly.

In January, after finding a bump on his head, 8-year-old Henry Kastner got the terrifying diagnosis every parent dreads for their child -- cancer. It was lymphoma.

After undergoing surgery to remove the tumor, Henry started chemotherapy. That's when his third grade class at Immaculate Heart of Mary School came up with a unique and warm-hearted way to show him their support.

According to WKRC in Cincinnati, when Henry had to shave his head for treatments, his classmates decided they'd shave theirs too. Thus, the Buzz Cut Club was formed.

Together they gathered at a shaving party, where one after another Henry's classmates sat down and got their heads shaved into a style dubbed, "The Henry." Their intent: To make sure when he returned to school that he wouldn't feel left out. Footage of the big shaving party shows just how much the gestures mean to Henry.

He told WLWT, "It will be me and just tons of other people with their hair gone."

Learning of any child that has cancer is difficult enough for a parent, but when it comes to someone your own child knows and loves, it's difficult to know what to do, how to help, and how to talk to your child about it. In my son's school, we've seen several children and a few parents stricken by the disease over the past couple of years, and in many cases I've felt I haven't done enough. Not because I didn't want to, but because I didn't know how to.

These kids provide  such a good reminder that sometimes it's the simplest things that can help a family fighting such a devastating illness, that just letting them know they're not in it alone means so much. As bracelets the children also created say: "No One Fights Alone," and every family facing cancer needs to know that.


Has your child had a friend diagnosed with cancer? If so, how did you help him or her show  support?

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MedicMommy2
by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

When my now 12 year old neice was in kinder one of the girls in her class was diagnosed with lukemia. The little girl ended up losing all of her hair and my then 5 year old neice took it upon herself to ask her mom how she could help her friend have hair. Her mom called the little girls mom and they found out about locks of love. My neice cut her butt length hair off to her ears and locks of love made her friend a wig out of her hair. It was the sweetest thing a 5 year old could do of her own accord. Her and that girl are now very good friends even though they live in two different cities now.

bren_darlene
by Bronze Member on Mar. 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

When my 7 yr old grand daughter had leukemia and lost all her hair her daddy (my son) let her shave his head.  I have a picture of her shaving him and giggling.  Precious picture to me!!!  Several friends and family donated to locks of love also.  They now do it in memory of Emily Lynn.  She has been gone 17 months now.

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