Girl no longer banned from school for shaving head to support friend battling cancer

School board votes to grant special waver

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A 9-year-old girl from Grand Junction will be allowed to return to school after being banned for shaving her head.

Kamryn Renfro shaved her head to support her friend, Delaney Clements, who is battling cancer.

"She's my best friend," Renfro told CNN. "It felt like the right thing to do."

"I have cancer called neuroblastoma and I've been getting a treatment called chemotherapy and it makes my hair fall out," Clements told CNN. "It made me feel very special and that I'm not alone."

But the charter school Renfro attends, Caprock Academy, originally said the haircut violates school dress code.

"The school she attends has asked her not to return to school until her hair grows back out because in the family handbook it clearly states that students may not have shaved heads," Renfro's mother Jamie posted on Facebook Sunday.

"We do sign that we understand and agree to the rules every year...but honestly, I never thought my 9-year-old daughter would do something so courageous, brave and selfless," Renfro's mother continued.

The Facebook post went viral -- making headlines from California to New York.

After receiving a barrage of feedback from parents across the country, the Caprock Academy Board of Directors made a final decision Tuesday evening to allow the third-grade student a pass on her dress code violation.   Renfro will be allowed to continue attending Caprock, even while sporting her shaved head.


The Donations for Delaney foundation is working on a social media campaign to help her meet Jimmy Fallon.

"For those of us who know Delaney, we know of her fondness for Late Night host, and former SNL cast member Jimmy Fallon.  More specifically, her lover (sic) for his 'EW!' skits that he's performed throughout his career," the Facebook page states.

The foundation has already met its minimum goal of selling 150 custom T-shirts that read "Cancer is EW!"

"Delaney's mission is to keep the faith and help others with the emotional and in some cases financial support needed to cope with this devastating disease," the Facebook page states.

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