Group of 'Laughing' Girls Bully 12-Year-Old with Cancer for Losing Her Hair – She Teaches Them a Lesson

Ayesha Muhammad
Sep 24, 2021
01:30 P.M.

A 12-year-old girl in Plymouth, England refused to let vile comments from bullies get to her head when she lost her hair during chemotherapy. She was mocked for her fake wig, but instead of ditching school, she emerged as a warrior.


People's demeaning remarks can sometimes demotivate us, but this young girl was too tough to get affected by them. Sinead Zalick was bullied at school and made fun of by a group of girls after she was done with her chemotherapy.

The brave schoolgirl was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just before Christmas last year. Sinead initially suffered from a "poorly tummy" and was given treatment by her GP, but her health started deteriorating, including a bloated stomach and severe pain.

12-year-old Sinead Zalick in hospital during her chemotherapy. | Photo: facebook.com/plymouthlive

12-year-old Sinead Zalick in hospital during her chemotherapy. | Photo: facebook.com/plymouthlive

She was then taken to the hospital by her parents, Adam Zalick and Jodie Clarke, who had to stay with her in turns every week because of the pandemic. Resultantly, Sinead lost her hair and a fundraiser was set up by her family to raise funds for her wigs. Her mother added:


"We're happy to [share our story], if it helps another little human."

Even though Sinead underwent a six-hour operation during which two stents were placed in her kidneys to unblock them, one of the tubes failed to do its intended job, and only one of them was successful.

Following her chemotherapy, the immensely courageous schoolgirl developed kidney failure and is waiting to see a kidney specialist. Despite her health issues, Sinead makes sure she attends school at least thrice a week to catch up on her studies.


[The girl's] advice to girls her age is to stay true to themselves and never judge a book by its cover.

Sinead's mother shared that she only found out about her daughter being bullied when she started making excuses to miss school. It was somewhat unusual because she had always been enthusiastic to attend school and meet her friends.

The bullying remarks became so serious that Sinead began skipping breakfast and her mother could sense something was wrong. A group of laughing girls stooped so low that they told Sinead her hair looked "**** and fake."


Sinead's mom, Jodie, then went to her school to figure out the problem and asked her daughter to stay home. But when she came back, she found her brave daughter in uniform, ready for school without her wig.

She shared she felt like the "proudest mom in the world." However, Jodie wants other parents to realize the magnitude of bullying and how it can adversely affect children's mental and emotional wellbeing.


The fundraiser set up for Sinead has collected £6,475 ($8,847.41) of a £10,000 ($13,663.95) targeted amount. Even though the brave young girl is done receiving her chemotherapy, she now has a cancerous right kidney.

According to Sinead's family, the cancerous lumps cannot be removed fully, but the doctors say they're dormant. However, nothing can be said for sure until a scan is run in November.

Despite all the bullying and derogatory remarks, Sinead's advice to girls her age is to stay true to themselves and never judge a book by its cover.

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