When 7-year-old got cancer, her teammates shaved their heads too in support

Photo: Pixabay

Those close to a 7-year-old diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer made sure she knows she isn’t alone in her battle.

Friends and teammates of Leighton Accardo, a softball and hockey player in Chandler, Arizona, joined the young girl Tuesday to shave their heads, according to AZ Family.

Holding hands, Leighton and two friends Emily and Katie had their heads shaved after a boys baseball game. More girls joined in after.

“I’m not scared. My friends are here with me right now,” Leighton said to AZ Family.

There was a large group watching, some holding signs with the hashtag #Shavin4Leighton.

“I wanted to be supportive of Leighton, and we’re really good friends, and I just wanted to help her,” Emily said.

Then, boys decided they would be part of this too. More than a dozen of them shaved their heads in solidarity, according to AZ Family.

Leighton was diagnosed recently when doctors found “masses” in her abdomen, liver and lungs, the girl’s mother, Carly Accardo,  told AZ Family.

“They started (chemotherapy) the next day,” she said.

While Leighton hasn’t been able to play sports since the diagnosis and chemotherapy began, she’s by no means alone.

Children in the community proved that Tuesday and provided a strong example to the adults on how to be kind to each other.

And Leighton is staying strong through it.

“This is my bracelet,” Leighton said, showing the AZ Family camera.

“It says, ‘You are strong. You are brave. You got this.'”

More Stories

Michigan lands top 2024 recruit, 5-star QB Jadyn Davis

It's a big-time get for coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines football program.

Read the full article

Top 100: Updated 2023 Recruiting Rankings after Duce Robinson commitment to USC

USA TODAY High School Sports unveils its top 100 recruiting rankings for the class of 2023.

Read the full article

5-star recruit Duce Robinson commits to USC Trojans

Robinson looks to Southern California for his next football chapter.

Read the full article
More Youth Sports