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IMBODEN, AR (KAIT) - In the midst of hard times, one Region 8 school is supporting one of their own. Three boys decided to shave their heads with a friend who's going through chemo therapy.

Brantley Gholson is an 8th grader at Sloan-Hendrix who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma a month and half ago. When his hair started to fall out a few days ago, his buddies took it upon themselves to lift his spirit.

"I said well lets go shave it this afternoon and let's just get it over with," said Brantley's friend Matthew Helms. "We all went to Jonesboro and shaved our heads and went bowling and had a good time, because there is no point in making it a sad thing when you can make it something else."

The next day the support continued to spread.

The whole school has been behind me and all," Brantley said. "It makes me happy and it means a lot to me."

It also meant a lot for Brantley's parents, who have been amazed at how his classmates and the community have come together to support him.

"It's hard enough with the situation you're in but when the community comes together like this it really lifts his spirits, and when his spirits are lifted ours are too," said Brantley's Father Randy Gholson. "He and his friends are holding most of us adults together."

Brantley's friendship with the three boys is only in its first year, but their kindness, love and support for their friend shows it's one that will last a lifetime.

"It's what kept me going really, I couldn't ask for it any other way," said Brantley.

"We've always been friends since the day we met," said Hale. "It doesn't matter if he has cancer or doesn't have cancer, we still love him and will be a friend for him."

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