Cancer, a word that even the sound of it makes you shiver. And how couldn’t you? According to Cancer Research UK, 14.1 million adults in the world were diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and 8.2 million died because of it.
When a 10-year old girl, however, decided to cut her hair in order to show her support towards cancer patients she had to stop going to school after being relentlessly bullied and called ugly!
Jetta Fosberg, a 10-year-old Ohio girl after witnessing her grandfather battling stage four colon cancer and her grandmother dying of cancer, she decided she wanted to help. She cut her long blonde hair into a pixie cut and donated 14 inches of her hair to Wigs for Kids, an organization that supports children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.
After making such a wonderful gesture to help kids who have lost their hair to chemo, though, Jetta’s very own friends started bullying her, calling her ugly, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.
Heidi Fosberg, Jetta’s mom, approached the school principal and he told her that “he didn’t know of any child that had ever died from words,” and that she and her daughter “needed to toughen up and deal with it“.
After weeks of abuse, Jetta’s mother pulled her daughter out of school saying that the continual taunting was taking a toll on her. In hopes of finding support for her daughter online, she created “Stand With Jetta,” an anti-bullying Facebook page to make her feel better after dealing with the harassment.
As of Monday afternoon, the “Stand With Jetta” page had garnered more than 21,000 fans and hundreds of comments from supporters.
In Jetta’s own words, “knowing that there’s people who think that my haircut is cute, and that they think that I’m a good person, it kind of helps me fight against [the bullies]”.
Source: Huffington Post