By Joseph Johnson, staff writer
One of the common treatments for many forms of cancer, is chemotherapy. And even though it does help many people, the various side effects can almost be as distressing as the cancer itself. Twelve year old Delaney Clements of Grand Junction, Colorado knows this all too well. The pre-teen has been fighting with cancer for several years, and her chemo treatments have caused her to go bald. As a result, Delaney has had to deal with the various effects of the loss of hair, as well as being laughed at and called a boy; although she was clad all in pink.
Delaney felt all alone in her struggle.
That is, until nine year old Kamryn Renfro, a student at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, stepped into the picture. To demonstrate her solidarity with Delaney and give her a much needed sense of not being alone in her struggle; Kamryn shaved her own beautiful locks off.
She went bald for her friend.
I had a friend struggling with cancer about eight years ago who was also going bald. I shaved my head as well to show support for my friend. My action pales in comparison to Kamryn’s sacrifice. I was a 45 year old man who was not overly concerned about my image or what others thought. Kamryn on the other hand, is a nine year old girl, and a hero in my book.
After having her head shaved, and returning to school on the following Monday, Kamryn spent her day on the playground instead of her classroom. She had been suspended for violating the school’s dress code, which is designed to “promote uniformity and a non-distracting environment.” Kamryn’s mother fired off an email to the school in order to explain why her daughter had performed such an amazing gesture. The school responded by calling her and stating that Kamryn could not come back to school.
Three out of four of the school’s board of directors came to their senses the following Tuesday evening, voting to make an exception to the school’s dress code policy in Kamryn’s case.
It’s sad that there needed to be a vote to begin with. Raising children to be compassionate in this current self-centered world we live in is a difficult enough battle in itself. But to have our children punished for caring about another person, and demonstrating that compassion by taking an action that could result in bringing ridicule upon them; it is equal to, if not greater than, the cancer that is attacking young Delaney.