Cartoon characters go bald to support children with cancer

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Cartoon characters go bald to support children with cancer

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Apr 24, 2014

Have your tissues ready for this one.

A campaign was launched in Brazil to make children who are bald from cancer treatments feel less socially awkward. To that end, 40 beloved cartoon characters from all over the world got radical haircuts, including Garfield, Snoopy, Olive Oyl and Hello Kitty.
 
“The solidarity haircuts emerged from a partnership with the Brazilian cancer charity and hospital operator, GRAACC, as part of a cancer awareness drive in Brazil,” according to The Huffington Post, which says the campaign is designed to show “that a child with cancer deserves to be treated just like any other child.”
 
"Famous cartoons from all over the world have gone bald, sending out the message that a child with cancer deserves to be seen just like any other child," according to the Bald Cartoons web site.
 
Watch the moving video above which shows some of the young cancer patients being shown the cartoons for the first time.
 
After viewing the cartoons, one young patient says of the campaign, “I think it will be more normal to see a bald child because everyone will see on TV.” A boy says he will no longer be ashamed of his bald head, then takes off his hat to rousing cheers.