It was a bittersweet event Thursday night in Stanley, as classmates of Lakken Burzynski shaved their heads for Locks of Love to support the fifth grader in her battle with cancer.
During an interview with WEAU-TV, Lakken's parents Greg and Katie said it was great to see the kids come out. We've known them for a long time, they're in 5th grade now and they've been friends forever. It's really great to see the support they've put out. Not only them, but our whole community.
Lakken had to this to write about the experience on her blog:
Tonight at 7:30 I went to my grandmas hair salon to get my head shaved. I wasn't excited, but my mom told me that my friends were going there to get all of their heads shaved! So then I was happy. But by 9:30 my dad,brother,5 of my friends (Grace, Olivia, Camryn, Makela, and Kenny)and I all had our heads shaved! I'm happy that my friends wanted to do it with me so now I'm not like this all alone. Also today at my grandmas hair salon, channel 13 news came and interviewed me so I will be on tv tonight! Bye
A website to help people learn more about Lakken and keep them up to date on her progress, says her journey started in May. Her father says Lakken's 4th grade teacher became concerned after he noticed a drastic change in her penmanship.
On July 16, doctors confirmed the worst. A 1.5 centimeter tumor was on Lakken's cerebrum. Two weeks later, a four-hour surgery took place to remove the tumor. A few days later it was confirmed that Lakken had medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer. Her parents say all the tumor was removed but she would still need radiation and chemotherapy.
A benefit account to help with medical and transportation expenses has been set up at Forward Financial Bank. There are locations in Thorp, Withee, Medford, Marshfield, or Greenwood. Write in the memo line on your check LAKKEN BURZYNSKI FUND or mention that your donation is for the Lakken Burzynski Fund.
Click here to stay up to date on Lakken's progress, read her blog, share a message or make a donation.