Third Graders Had Their Heads Shaved to Support Classmate With Alopecia

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Third Graders Had Their Heads Shaved to Support Classmate With Alopecia

 

Luke Nelson, 8, rarely left the house without putting on a hat. He has lost his hair from alopecia late last year, explains Char Adams of celebrity and human interest news platform People. Luke’s mother, Susan Nelson, tells People, “For a little 8-year-old boy to lose his hair, of course, it was hard and it was very difficult.” Once Luke lost his hair, he “immediately put a hat on” and hid behind it. 

 

Photo Credit: Susan Nelson (via People)

 

It began with a small patch of his eyebrow vanishing last fall. “Within a matter of eight weeks, it moved to the side of his head. By Christmas time he has completely lost all of his hair,” recalls Susan, who is also a mother to Sam, 7, and Rhett Nelson, 8. Things got interesting though when Sam decided to shave his head and then Susan’s husband following suit.

Luke’s 14 classmates at Oklahoma Christian School also decided to give him the strength to “boldly rock his new look” after brainstorming ideas, Susan narrates, “They really asked the questions like what could we do to really help Luke and make him happy.” 

 

Photo Credit: Susan Nelson (via People)

 

On January 19, the boys gathered with their parents and Luke’s family at Sports Clips Haircuts in Edmond to have their heads shaved, making it a fun “hair-shaving celebration.” Susan notes that as soon as the haircuts started, Luke ripped his hat off and walked around with renewed confidence.

The act of kindness was life-changing for the eight-year-old. “It’s made him really proud. If anything, it’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. Luke states that his classmates’ gesture made him more confident as he can be himself. He wants to share his story to help other children who “feel different.” 

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