She may only be nine years old, but little Kamryn Renfro already has wisdom and compassion that goes well beyond her years. When 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.
For Delaney, who'd been diagnosed with neuroblastoma and has already lost her hair twice due to her treatments, Kamryn's gesture of solidarity was deeply appreciated. "It made me feel very special and that I’m not alone," said Delaney.
While just about all of us can agree that this was a beautiful gesture that should be commended by all, apparently Kamryn's school didn't think so. The Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colorado, where Kamryn goes to school, took one look at her shaved head and sent her back home. Teachers were apparently even thoughtful enough to say "Don't come back until you have hair." Real nice.
Thankfully, Delaney's mom, Wendy Campbell, decided that the school's actions were absurd and quickly took to social media to share her story. The story quickly became viral, with hundreds upon hundreds of people sending their support for Kamryn. Eventually, the school relented to the pressure and allowed Kamryn back, and even threw in some praise for her dedication to her friend (although the sincerity of such a sentiment is 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."
H/T: ABC News