First Grader Shaves Head, Raises Money for Cancer-Stricken Best Friend

Sometimes the smallest people have the biggest hearts. So is the case with first grader Vincent Butterfield, who after seeing his best friend struggle with leukemia decided to do all he could to help his buddy feel better.

Last June Zac Gossage was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the white blood cells. But although he had to make several trips to the hospital for treatments, he almost never missed a single day of school, where he gets “to play with Vincent outside at recess,” he told reporters.

Although Zac has been very brave through the whole ordeal, Vincent still wanted to do something nice for his friend. After learning what cancer is and finding out how expensive treatments can be, he came up with the idea to use his family’s handmade scarf hobby to raise money for Zac. They made and sold enough scarves to earn $200.

In another show of support, Vincent surprised Zac by coming to school one day with a fully shaved head after learning chemotherapy treatments could make his friend’s hair fall out.

“I cut it off to make Zac feel like he’s not the only one without any hair” he explained.

We can’t decide what we think is cuter – this duo’s lively and energetic spirits, their toothy smiles or the beautiful and inspiring friendship they share. These first graders can teach us adults a thing or two about friendships and life in general.

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