3rd Grade Classmates Show Amazing Support For Friend
Kristin Danley 2/12/2019
Eight-year-olds should be able to focus on their homework, the latest video game, an upcoming sporting event, friends or whatever is most important to them. They shouldn't have to fret about a medical condition that robs them of their confidence, self-esteem and their hair.
Alopecia areata is an immune disorder where the body attacks its own hair follicles. Hair loss is the ultimate result of having this condition and it can occur in patches or across the entire head or body, according to WebMD.
Every case of alopecia is different and sometimes, hair will grow back only to fill out again later. Sometimes, the hair returns permanently and other times, not at all. Eight-year-old Luke Nelson of Edmond, Oklahoma, was a healthy and happy little boy.
But one day, his mom noticed a missing patch of hair from his eyebrow. Within eight weeks, the hair across the side of his head was gone, his mom Susan told People.
"By Christmastime, he had completely lost all of his hair."
To try and help Luke feel a bit better about his condition and remedy the patchiness, mom Susan decided to shave his head. Little brother Sam, seven, decided he would support his brother by shaving his hair off, too.
"He immediately shaved his head. Then my husband shaved his head. So we made it a family affair.”
Luke hid his baldness behind a ball cap and other hats. He was embarrassed, his mom said.
“For a little 8-year-old boy to lose his hair, of course, it was hard and it was very difficult."
During winter break from Oklahoma Christian School, Luke's third grade classmates hatched a scheme to show their support for their buddy. When they returned to school, they approached him and his mom with their ideas, one of which was really important to them.
“They really asked the questions like what could we do to really help Luke and make him happy. Once [Luke] found out that all of his buddies wanted to surround him like a band of brothers and shave their heads as well, he just embraced it.”
So the boys in his class, along with their parents and Luke's family, descended upon Sports Clips Haircuts and every kid had his head shaved. It was unreal!
"This is what friends are for. Beyond thankful for these boys (and their parents!) who decided to go bald with Luke. I mean c'mon does it get any better than this?!"
They turned it into a "fun hair-shaving celebration" complete with donuts.
“There was belly laughter, and kids were giving each other high fives. As soon as the haircuts started Luke ripped off his hat and he has walked around with this confidence and this swagger.”
Having all of his classmates look like him meant the world to Luke and his family. His mom described it as "life-changing" for the little boy.
“It’s made him really proud. If anything, he’s that he’s been given this gift and he can look at it as a gift or he can look at it as an obstacle. He’s chosen to look at it as a gift and to overcome it and, hair, if he has it or not, that’s not going to define who this kid is. He is a strong kid.”
Luke told People that he couldn't believe his classmates shaved their heads for him. The opportunity allowed him to inform others what alopecia is all about.
“It made me feel very good. I feel more confident. I can just be myself. I think it’s important to share my story to help all those other kids that feel different.”
What a wonderfully compassionate gesture these young boys made in support of their friend!