Kamryn Renfro is only nine years old, but already has wisdom and compassion that is well beyond her years. Her friend, 11-year-old Delany Campbell, was diagnosed with cancer and lost all of her hair due to chemotherapy. Kamryn decided to shave her head too in order to show support for her friend. “It felt like the right thing to do,” she says.
Delaney, had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma and had already lost her hair twice due to her intensive treatments. “It made me feel very special and that I’m not alone,” said Delaney.
Who couldn’t agree that this was a beautiful gesture? Well, apparently Kamryn’s school didn’t think so. The Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colorado, where Kamryn goes to school, saw her shaved head and sent her back home. Teachers said “Don’t come back until you have hair.” Real nice.
Delaney’s mom, Wendy Campbell, decided that the school’s actions were absurd and quickly took to social media to share her story. When the story went viral, hundreds upon hundreds of people sent their support for Kamryn. Eventually, the school gave in to the pressure and allowed Kamryn back in school. They even threw in some praise for her dedication to her friend (although the sincerity of such a sentiment was marred by their initial reaction).
Wendy adds, “For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I thought that was a huge statement, and it builds character in a child.”
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