WOLFE CO., Ky (WYMT) - A Wolfe County elementary school is rallying around one of their students as she prepares to have a brain tumor removed Tuesday.
Sydney Releford is a fourth grader at Red River Valley Elementary School who was only diagnosed a few weeks ago.
Three of Sydney's best friends are showing support for their friend in a not-so-typical way.
Before Sydney's surgery on Tuesday to have the brain tumor removed, she had to get part of her head shaved, and these girls were right by he side and had their hair cut too.
"We did not want her to feel sad and alone that she just got her hair cut, and she wanted some of her friends to do it too," said Sydney's friend Haylee Vance.
The group now calls themselves the sideways since their hair swoops to the side.
In fact the whole school is making sure Sydney knows how much she is loved by signing this bed sheet and taking up donations.
"I'm proud of my students. I'm proud of Sydney. She is so brave going into this as well as she is, and these girls they have been brave too," said Sydney's teacher Holly Penix.
"It's a small school, and we kind of stick together through it all. And with Sydney getting sick like that, I think that it's kinda pulled everyone together," said Principal Brian Creech.
So even if it means shaving their heads, Sydney's best friends say they will be right there with Sydney through it all.
Sydney's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.
The principal at the school says the three girls will be heading up to Lexington to stay with Sydney the night before the surgery.