Heartbreaking moment family shaves their heads to support little daughter with cancer

Pedro Marrero
Nov 29, 2018
03:03 A.M.
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5-year-old Madison was diagnosed with Leukemia and her family did something beautiful in support of the little girl, as was documented by a photographer who was deeply touched by the heartfelt moment.


On November 13, professional photographer Alicia Samone, who was hired by Madison’s family to take pictures of the moment they all shaved their heads in solidarity to her, took to Facebook to tell the story.

Samone shared the emotional images she beautifully captured with her camera and wrote a loving message to ask people to join her in prayer for “Madi” and to ask for donations for the girl’s fight against the disease.

Her post has since been shared more than 34.000 times and has received 38.000 reactions and thousands of comments. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa


“Ashley and Chris (Mom and Dad) don’t want you to feel sorry for them. They just ask for thoughts and prayers. Positivity and uplifting thoughts that Madi makes it through this the easiest way with the least amount of complications possible,” Samone wrote in her post.

“Today they had a shaving party. Grandpa, Dad, Little brother, Mom, and Madi had their heads shaved. And I must say... They all look absolutely beautiful! As you look through these photos just look at how much love and support Madi has surrounding her.”

-Alicia Samone, Facebook, November 13, 2018.

According to Samone, Madison spent the ten days prior to her 5th birthday in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital suffering from a condition affecting her immune system, which was later confirmed to be Leukemia. 


Samone revealed that the type of cancer that Madison was diagnosed with is called Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), an aggressive and fast spreading type of blood cancer that few children survive to.

But since the doctors told Madison’s parents that the girl has a 50/50 posibilitiy of overcoming this terrible disease, they are resorting to their faith and their loving support for the child and are hoping for the best.

There is nothing a parent can do for his or her children, and people who have children know that their emotional wellbeing is as important as their physical health.


“Though we had to stop a couple times so poor Madi could throw up from her chemo treatment she was a champ. She is strong. I have faith. I believe. I hope and pray for their family,” added Samone.

Samone also shared a link to the crowdfunding campaign started by Madison’s mother Ashley Jewett’s cousin in Go Fund Me.

The family needs to cover Madison’s expensive treatment while Jewett won’t be able to keep working as a realtor for the time being. In 29 days, they have collected $18.000 out of the $25.000 they need.


In a similar story, another 5-year-old girl named Jemima was diagnosed with the deadliest form of gynaecological cancer, which usually affects much older women.

“She’d had a stomach ache for a few days and it sort of went from stomach ache to cancer. We were just in absolute shock. It was absolute disbelief. It was heartbreaking,” her mother Megan Leydon told 9news on October 4.

Jemima was suffering from ovarian cancer, as was determined by an ultrasound performed on the girl at the Woman’s and Children’s Hospital Adelaide.


Jemima needed to have the 14cm tumor removed from her right ovary right away, in a procedure that lasted five hours. She also needed 12 rounds of chemotherapy that made her lose her gorgeous red hair.

This was 12 years ago, and Jemima is now a healthy 17-year-old. She still has annual medical checks.


“Jemima was old enough to not know what cancer was but old enough to do as she was asked. She had so much scanning and tests, she was a trooper and she bounced back,” Leydon shared.

There is nothing a parent can do for his or her children, and people who have children know that their emotional wellbeing is as important as their physical health, making them do all in their hands to support and cheer their darlings.


First grader Riley lost her hair because of alopecia, and she made a sad confession to her parents, telling them that she didn’t love herself.

Her father knew exactly what to do about Riley’s feeling, and he did something amazing to inspire his daughter and show her that hair was not all that important.

The father and daughter were caught on video together as the former took an electric razor and shaved his head while he told her that everybody loved her with or without hair.