One year Mr. Alter’s fifth-grade class in Oceanside, California, included 14 boys who had no hair. Only one, however, had no choice in the matter.
Ian O’Gorman, undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma, faced the prospect of having his hair fall out in clumps. So he had his head shaved. But then 13 of his classmates shaved their heads, so Ian wouldn’t feel out of place.
Ten-year-old Kyle Hanslik started it all. He said, “We just wanted to make Ian feel better,”
Ian’s father, Shawn, choked back tears as he expressed appreciation for what the boys had done.
Those 13 bald-headed volunteers discovered an important spiritual law: when we share someone else’s burden, our own loads become lighter and our pathways brighter.