A Pennsylvania girl is touching the hearts of her family members after she selflessly had all her hair shaved off in support of her 3-year-old cousin Cooper, who’s been diagnosed with cancer.
On Monday, Morgan Weyand, 8, walked into SmartStyle Hair Salon and asked the stylist to shave off her hair for Cooper.
“It made Cooper feel better, and for a girl to go in and do that it takes a lot of guts,” Cooper’s mom, Kayla Nicklow, of Somerset, told ABC News today.
She added: “She came up with this idea all by herself and told her mom and dad that this is what she wanted to do. Her mother warned her, ‘You’ll go to school and sometimes people say things.’ [Morgan] didn’t care. She was doing this for her cousin fighting cancer and that’s all that mattered to her.”
Kayla, 25, a mom of four, said her son Cooper was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma on Jan. 21. “A lot of people aren’t familiar with it, a lot of people don’t hear about it, but it is a serious and very rare type of cancer,” she said. It causes him a great deal of pain, but he is being really positive. He has such a great spirit about it all. He lost his hair and it didn’t affect him … nothing gets him down at all.”
Kayla said she was happy to learn that Morgan, her uncle’s daughter, decided to do away with her locks in support of her son and cancer awareness.
“[Cooper] thought it was cool to have somebody else’s head shaved like his,” Kayla said.
Morgan’s parents, Mike and Joanne, told ABC News they were equally moved by their daughter’s kind gesture.
“I think it’s awesome that she did that. It’s nice to see a little kid who does that,” Mike said. “I couldn’t tell her ‘no’ because it was for a good cause. She has a good heart.”
“I’m very proud of her,” Joanne added. “She’s a very sensational little girl. She’s inspirational.”