Girl shaving head to support friend

(WEAU) - It all began with a small lump in Brianne Daniels' foot.

What doctors thought to be benign, turned out to be undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma, a rare cancer for an 11 year old.

"Hardest thing I've ever been through when someone you love is going through that," said father Scott Daniels.

After undergoing a 16 hour surgery in Rochester, doctors removed 70 percent of her achilles tendon. Then after chemo and radiation therapy, her hair began to fall out.

“After that I had to have my foot above my heart for 4 months because if the blood would go to it, it could kill the flap or something,” said Brianna Daniels.

Through all the hardship, friends and family showed countless support, especially Brianna's best friend Libby, who's going to shave her head on Friday. She says she plans to donate her hair to Locks of Love.

"When Brie lost her hair I wanted to support her, but she's like you can raise money you can help other people,” said Libby Brand.

"I think it’s awesome she's going to shave her head cause that means a lot," said Brianna Daniels.

At Delong Middle School, Libby will be shaving her head and it will take place in the cafeteria at about 2:00pm on Friday.

“I'm really excited to shave my head because the day is getting closer and closer,” said Libby Brand.

Both families are extremely excited to see Libby make a difference in cancer research.

“I'm very excited for her and she's super dedicated to making this happen and 100 percent sure she wants to shave her head,” said Ann Brand.

“I think it's a really neat way for them to go through this together and then also their raising money for St. Baldrick's” said Scott Daniels.

“I guess we'll grow our hair back together,” said Brianna Daniels.

Libby has raised 1200 dollars for St. Baldrick's so far, a foundation that raises money for kids battling cancer.

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  • by Jane Location: Illinois on Mar 8, 2012 at 07:03 PM
    Way to go Libby and Brianna! Carl and I wish you both good luck. Keep up the positive attitudes!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2012 at 07:11 PM
    Bless you Libby! What a wonderful and selfless act of friendship. Prayers go up for Brianna to continue a strong fight!
  • by BK Location: Tomah on Mar 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM
    Now thats the true meaning on friendship!! Rock on Libby! And well wishes for Bri!!! <3 <3
  • by Mark Location: Eau Claire on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:45 PM
    It's wonderful to see a young girl do something like this for her friend. Not many people would do this and I believe it speaks volumes of her character. What great moral support for Brianna!
  • by Cheryl Location: Brand on Mar 3, 2012 at 07:51 PM
    What a great way to support your friend Brie and what a great suggestion she made. $1200 wow!
  • by awesome on Mar 3, 2012 at 07:18 PM
    This is so touching! Very strong girls.
  • by Brf girl on Mar 3, 2012 at 05:39 PM
    What a great friend. Wishing both girls the best of luck.
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