Head-shaving story generates donations for victims of cancer
While many opened their hearts and their mouths to express outrage and sympathy after reading about a Caprock Academy third-grader who was temporarily barred from school last week after shaving her head, some opened their wallets.
The Go Fund Me donations site for Grand Junction resident Delaney Clements, http://www.gofundme.com/7syuxc, has secured nearly $4,000 in the last week, according to the site’s fundraising ticker. Caprock student Kamryn Renfro shaved her head in support of Clements, who has a form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Renfro was told not to attend school March 24 because Caprock’s dress code policy does not allow for students to have shaved heads but she was welcomed back to class March 25 pending a school board of directors decision to grant her a waiver from the rule for extraordinary circumstances. The waiver was granted the night of March 25 on a 3-1 vote.
Clements’ mother, Wendy Campbell, said she wasn’t looking for donations when she posted information last week on Facebook about Renfro being kept from school.
“We didn’t even mention it really,” Campbell said via email. “I am just really glad we were able to spread awareness for our kids and what they have to endure.”
Renfro’s mother, Jamie Renfro, said the night the waiver was granted she wanted the incident to raise awareness of childhood cancer instead of focusing on Caprock policy.
“We want to use this platform to make people aware of childhood cancer,” she said.
In addition to the Go Fund Me site, donations can also be sent to Donations for Delaney, P.O. Box 3968, Grand Junction, CO 81502.