Dozens shave heads to support cancer patient

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WENATCHEE, Wash. -- There was an unusual sight outside the Wenatchee jail Friday as deputies, attorneys, and kids gathered to support a sixth grader stuck in Seattle.

Like the inmates at Chelan County jail where his dad and grandfather are deputies, Mac Van Lith feels secluded. Only three months into six grade, doctors discovered tumors pressing on the 12-year-old's upper spine.

The rare bone cancer diagnosis days before Christmas flipped his family's world.

"It's one day, 'Hey, you have cancer and you just have to start a brand new life in a brand new city in a brand new hospital,' " said Carrie Van Lith, Mac's mother.

Mac left his brother, father, friends, and football in Wenatchee to spend the rest of his school year living at the Ronald McDonald House and Seattle Children's Hospital.

"It's really hard when your only friend's your mom for three months," Mac said.

But back on the other side of the mountains, Mac has friends he doesn't even know, all getting their hair buzzed to help Mac attack cancer.

"All the way for Mac -- a 12 year old shouldn't have to go through this," one said.

Dozens lined up by the jail. Cops, classmates and most of the jail staff paid to have their heads shaved to match Mac's.

"The only hair I got left is in my ears," another said.

The money will help Mac's family make their mortgage and medical expenses not covered by insurance.

"I got the easy part -- this is nothing, he's the man today," said Sgt. Mark McCormick.

Even Mac's grandpa met the barber.

"It makes me feel good that there's so many people supporting me," Mac said.

Itt turns out a little hair goes a long way to help a little man.

"I was scared that people would think of me with my hair gone," Mac said. "Now that people are shaving their heads, it just makes me feel like I don't need the hat anymore."

The generous gestures and prayers provide peace for Mac's mom.

"You just have that feeling it's just gonna be OK," she siad.

A very matter of fact Mac, sums up this support in six simple words.

"It just makes me feel loved," he said.

And he is.

Mac's father and younger brother had planned to shave their heads, too, but instead rushed to Children's where Mac is in isolation with a fever.