As a 5-year-old, Dillon Soul Newcomer started growing his hair out. One day, he would chop it off and donate it to someone in need. But he didn’t know who.
Five years later, the boy with hair down to his waist saw 11-year-old Delaney Clements, bald from cancer treatments, on TV and decided she would be the one.
After a couple months of correspondence between the two families, the Frisco boy met the Grand Junction girl for the first time Thursday, May 22, when Frisco Elementary assembled fourth- and fifth-graders to watch Clements cut Newcomer’s hair.
Both kids sat on stools in front of the audience and told their stories.
“I’ve been teased a lot and mistaken for a girl,” Newcomer said, “but I never let that bother me because it doesn’t matter what’s on the outside. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.”
Clements explained how she was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in 2010 when doctors found a tumor on her left adrenal gland. She’s since been through seven rounds of chemotherapy, among other treatments, and has lost her hair three or four times.
Then the students asked them a flurry of questions: How did you meet? What’s it like when your hair falls out? Why do you have cancer?
Clements’ mom, Wendy Campbell, braided Newcomer’s hair, and then Clements grabbed a pair of scissors and snipped away.
Afterward, Newcomer said he felt taller. His hair likely will be used by someone else because Clements doesn’t wear wigs.
“I like my bald head, and they’re really itchy,” she said.