A 7-year-old boy proved himself a thoughtful friend when he shaved his head in support of his friend with cancer who was losing his hair because he “didn’t want him be alone.”
When Olly Spencer noticed there was a boy in his class with no hair because of his cancer treatment, he felt compelled to do something which would make the boy feel less alone.
So when Olly got home that day, he asked his mum if he could shave his head in support of his classmate, Tommy-Lee Hetherington.
“When Tommy-Lee had no hair, it made me feel sad and I didn’t want him to be alone. I wanted to help Tommy-Lee as he has cancer and I wanted the cancer to go away.
“I raised money for the charity that supports him and others by shaving my head, so we could both be bald together. We are best friends and always look out for each other in everything we do. Tommy-Lee will always be my best friend and I will support him wherever I can.” Olly told Leicestershire Live.
Aside from shaving his head to support Tommy-Lee, Olly also managed to raise £1,200 for Macmillan to help other sick kids at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Olly’s mom, Sally, also revealed, “Olly has always been helpful to his peers. Tommy-Lee started school in the new term and Olly went out of his way to ensure he felt welcomed and not alone.”
“When Olly made friends with Tommy-Lee, he soon realised something wasn’t right. He came to terms with knowing Tommy-Lee was ill, but didn’t know what the illness was. After several days he came home from school and said ‘I want to help people like Tommy-Lee, I don’t want him to be at school alone with no hair, I want to shave my head.” She added.
After Olly shaved his head, the pair from Woolden Hill Primary School, Leicestershire, soon became best friends.
Tommy-Lee is now in remission following a battle with leukemia. His mom, Kelly, revealed, “Tommy-Lee was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which was totally unexpected. It devastated our family and turned our lives upside down overnight. They told us his treatment will last for three and a half years.
“He started his chemotherapy immediately with an intensive stage of steroids, blood transfusions and lumber punctures. But through every stage he has been upbeat and taken everything in his stride, a real brave little soldier who doesn’t deserve this cruel illness.”
Kelly added that she was so proud of Olly for what he did, “It was an awesome thing to do. I’m so very proud of Olly, he’s a smashing little lad.” She said.
What a sweet and loving friend you are Olly! We couldn’t be more proud of you!
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