When 9-year-old Kamryn Renfro found out her friend Delany Clements had cancer, she did what most girls her age wouldn’t. In support of 11-year-old Delany, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and had to undergo chemotherapy, Kamryn shaved off all of her hair!
“It made me feel very special and that I’m not alone,” Delany said.
As an adult, I can’t help but admire Kamryn’s courage and love for her sweet friend. But that’s not how her teachers reacted when she returned to Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was turned away and told, “Don’t come back until you have hair.”
According to Caprock Academy’s Official Dress Code, it “was created to promote safety, uniformity and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students.” The dress code prohibits both female and male students from attending school with a shaved head.
Kamryn’s mother, Jamie, quickly shared the girls’ story on social media. To nobody’s surprise, it went viral. and after hundreds showed their support for Kamryn, the school decided to let her return. She was then praised for her decision to support her friend.
“For a little girl to be really brave and want to shave her head in support of her friend, I thought that was a huge statement, and it builds character in a child,” Delany’s mother, Wendy, said.
See Kamryn and Delany’s beautiful story below.
The girls shared an incredible and admirable bond. We are sad to report that Delany passed away in March of 2016.
She was 13 years old. Before she died, Delany was surprised at her home by her favorite music sensation, Taylor Swift. Her infectious smile, passion for dancing and deep friendships live on.