Soldiers shave heads for battle buddy’s sister fighting cancer

A Minnesota National Guard member found support from his fellow soldiers when he shaved his head in solidarity with his sister.

Staff Sgt. Brandon Stafford found out in late 2020 that his big sister, Melissa, had a malignant brain tumor, which required major surgery and aggressive treatment.

“She’s a big outdoorsy person,” Stafford told Fox News. “She’s heavily involved in the crash prevention program for the state of Minnesota … she’s very active in stuff like that.”

Melissa had her first surgery in early March. Doctors removed a large portion of the tumor, and she started chemotherapy shortly after.

She found her hair falling out in clumps one morning, and she decided she was going to shave it all off.

“One morning, she was brushing her hair and it was coming out in clumps,” Stafford explained. “So, that night, most of my family got onto a video chat, we all shaved our heads.”

Brother Sean Stafford, his two sons, and Brandon all shaved their heads to help ease the struggle Melissa was going through with her treatment.

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