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Kids Shave Heads to Support Teammate With Cancer

By WKRG, 05/30/19, 12:00PM CDT


"Well I wanted to be supportive of Leighton, and we're really good friends and I just wanted to help her," 

A youth sports team in Arizona showed the true meaning of teamwork Tuesday night when one of their players got a serious cancer diagnosis 7-year-old Leighton Accardo was told she'd have to start chemotherapy, and her team didn't want her going through it all alone. Accardo plays for the "Peaches" in Chandler but was just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, something her family never saw coming.

"They discovered multiple masses throughout her abdomen, on her liver, and on her lungs. They started chemo the next day," said Carly Accardo, Leighton's mother. The brave 7-year-old decided she'd shave her head Tuesday after the boys' baseball game, and friends brought signs with the hashtag #shavinforleighton. "I'm not scared, my friends are here with me right now," Leighton said.