FRISCO, Colo. (CBS4)– The little girl with cancer who made headlines when her friend shaved off all her hair in a show of solidarity is encouraging other children to get involved– the first one to come forward is a boy from Frisco.
Delaney Clements lost her hair after 3 ½ years of chemotherapy, dozens of rounds of radiation and a bone marrow transplant to fight neuroblastoma.
“I’ve had cancer for four years now,” said Delaney.
She’s lost her hair four times.
Delaney’s friend, Kamryn Renfro, shaved her head in support of her cancer fight. She was asked to stay home from her school in Grand Junction because she violated the school’s dress code.
It was around that time the girls’ story made national headlines that a little boy living in Frisco, Dillon Newcomer, decided he wanted to shave his head, too.
What makes his story interesting is that he hasn’t had a hair cut for five years.
“I’ve been teased a lot and mistaken for a girl but I never let that bother me because it doesn’t matter what’s on the outside. It’s on the inside that counts,” said Dillon.
That’s the message he stressed to his fellow classmates at Frisco Elementary as he introduced his new friend, Delaney, to the class.
“I’ve had seven rounds of chemo, 20 days of radiation and four treatments of antibody,” said Delaney as she explained her battle with cancer to Dillon’s class.
She said she’s moved on with recovering from her disease, “I’m just really happy he’s going to do this. I’m surprised how long his hair was when I saw it.”
Dillon let Delaney at him with the hair clippers, which took a little time to trim.
“His hair is thick,” said Delaney.
Dillon will send his hair to Locks of Love.
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
“I was kind of surprised and excited and scared at the same time,” said Dillon.
Delaney believes Dillon will love his new look saying, “Bald is beautiful.”
“Bald is handsome for guys,” said Delaney.
Dillon hopes people can see his good deed and do the same, “I want them to know it doesn’t matter what’s on the outside, it matters what’s on the inside.”
Delaney said it makes her feel good when she sees people wanting to help out because it lets her know they care.
Dillion said he was inspired by Delaney because she also grew up in Colorado. He thinks he’ll probably cut his hair for charity after another five years.
LINK: Locks of Love