Fayetteville mom shaves head for sons with cancer
Posted March 19, 2011
Fayetteville, N.C. — The Henry family of Fayetteville is full of fighters. Four-year-old Collin is battling Leukemia, 6-year-old Patrick is in remission from a rare childhood liver cancer, father Robert served with the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 9-year-old Lacey and mother Kathleen do their best to keep everyone happy and healthy.
Collin was diagnosed with Leukemia two years ago and last October, doctors told the family that Patrick only had a 20 percent chance to live.
"It's really hard to describe the feelings that you go through when you're told your child has cancer," Kathleen Henry said.
Both boys have been through rounds of chemotherapy and lost their hair as a side effect. Collin struggled with looking different than other boys his age, Kathleen Henry recalled.
"He kept looking in the mirror going, 'I look stupid, I look stupid,'" she said. "He would cry about it a lot and didn't want to take his hats off. He even slept wearing his hats."
As a mother, she couldn't bear to let her boys feel that way, she said.
So, Kathleen Henry shaved her head Saturday for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity that funds childhood cancer research, and hopes to raise $10,000 for the cause.
Collin is in the hospital and might need to have a blood transfusion Sunday, Kathleen Henry said, but she's remaining focused on her goal.
"I'm just thinking about everything they've been through, how hard it's been on them and how hard it's been on my family," she said.