For a kid with cancer, there is nothing worse than the stares. They can handle sleepless nights in the hospital, endless nausea, aching bones, blood transfusions, and even the bald head. But what really hurts are the stares and whispered comments that follow them throughout their day. Rather than seeing their bald head as the badge of courage that it should be, they feel like it makes them stick out in a crowd and leaves them open to gossip, hurtful comments, and even ridicule.
One organization is trying to do something about that. To turn around the stigma of their bald heads and normalize it so that kids with cancer don't feel so alone, the organization, Bald Cartoons, has teamed up with many of your kids' favorite cartoon characters to show the world that a bald head is nothing to be ashamed of.
From the website:
“Famous cartoons from all over the world have gone bald, sending out the message that a child with cancer deserves to be seen just like any other child.”
At the site, kids can see Garfield, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and the cast from "Rio 2" — all bald. Some are even sporting nifty head scarves.
Take a look at the characters, and the kids they are helping, in this video below. Helpful tip: You're going to want your tissues:
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