Emergency Crews Share in a Boy's Struggle

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

Central Kentucky firefighters and police officers spent the afternoon lifting the spirits of a little boy battling Leukemia. More than 100 people even shaved their heads to show their support.

It was a true act of kindness for those like Linda Reitz, who is a cancer survivor herself. She joined the many to get their heads shaved for 5-year old Gavin Carr, who is fighing Leukemia.

Men and women, young and old, lined up to get their heads shaved.

With 3 years of Chemotherapy ahead, Gavin will soon be losing his hair, and his parents say he hasn't been taking it well. Now the community has answered the call.

Organizers say they weren't expecting a turnout like this, with 100 people coming out from nearly 12 different fire and police agencies.

It was an act of support so moving, even 27 NEWSFIRST photographer Chris Lipscomb went for a buzz.

And for Linda Reitz, a cancer survivor herself, the gesture was personal.

"I don't have to do this," Reitz said. "I want to."

Organizers say a total of 144 people buzzed their hair at Thursday's event, and they raised more than $1700 in donations.

For those who want to help Gavin and his family, you can contact them through e-mail at gavinscause@gmail.com.


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