11 year old girls has blonde locks shaved off to support pal with cancer worried about losing his hair!
An 11-year-old girl has shaved her head – cutting off her blonde locks – so that her best friend, who has cancer, wouldn’t feel alone.
Anna Bedocs has been best pals with Lewis Weinman, seven, and his sister, X, since they were tots.
And when Lewis was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and lost his hair, Anna, from Swadlincote, Derbys, was desperate to help.
Lewis’s family organised a ‘Brave the Shave‘ event, where his mum and dad were sponsored to shave their heads to help fundraise for Lewis.
But 11-year-old Anna begged her mum, Andrea to let her shave her head too – even though she had just started a new secondary school and her paretns worried she would be bullied.
Persistent Anna had her head shaved last week – and Lewis couldn’t be happier.
Anna’s mother Andrea, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire said: “I’m so incredibly proud of what she did. It makes me cry when I think about it.
“She had just moved from a small primary to a much larger secondary school, and I was really worried about her.
“I was not sure about it at all, but she said she didn’t mind and that she really wanted to do it.
“She’s had some people make some mean comments, but she doesn’t care and wants to keep it short, like Lewis. She’s incredibly brave.
“Anna, Lewis and his sister are all very extremely close. They have similar interests, and they’re together all the time. They spend all of their holidays with each other.
“It was a horrible time for everyone when we found out and Anna was so upset.
“We were extremely sad. It was hard for us to get over the shock.
“When she heard about the Brave the Shave, she just said, ‘I have a choice but Lewis hasn’t.’ That’s just the kind of girl she is, and it makes me so emotional.”
Little Lewis was diagnosed with Medulloblastomas, an aggressive cancerous tumour on the brain, on November 4, after a CAT scan in which he nearly passed out.
His parents Marie and Stephen, both 39, first noticed his symptoms on October 25, the day of his seventh birthday.
At first they believed he was just suffering from a stomach bug, until he started suffering extreme headaches, and he was rushed to hospital, where doctors revealed he was actually suffering froma rare form of cancer.
Lewis is currently two weeks in to a six-week-long period of radiotherapy, which he has every week day. After that, he will need further chemotherapy. His battle is expected to last two years.
The idea for the Brave the Shave was born after Lewis became worried about losing his hair through his treatment.
Not wanting him to feel alone, his family and friends all pledge to go bald, and raise money for the family in theprocess.
Marie said: “I just felt so helpless and this was something I could do. I asked Lewis about it and he laughed his head off. That’s when I knew we had to do it.
“I was so touched by the number of people who joined in. It was an incredible response to have.
“We had lots of family and friends asking if they could join in, and of course they did.
“Lewis absolutely loved it and it made us all feel a lot better, if a little colder.
“It was wonderful to see him smile like that again
“We can’t thank everyone enough. Especially Anna. What she did was so brave and she’s a really kind girl.
“It’s fantastic for Lewis to have his friends supporting him and not just us.”
In total 10 people took part in the event and raised around £7,000.
Support for Lewis can be given at the Love 4 Lewis fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/loveforlewis?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Yimbyprojectpage&utm_content=loveforlewis&utm_campaign=projectpage-share-owner&utm_term=kDP7amv3n