Esme Miller is a unicorn-loving fourth grader at Dalton's westwood School. But right now she's fighting a battle much more real than unicorns.
Esme was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2013. With 30 weeks of chemotherapy still ahead of her, the fourth grader began losing her hair. But her fellow students weren't going to let her take this frightening journey alone... all deciding to cut their hair, or even shave their heads in support of Esme.
Esme's teacher, Rachel Bray, said, "We've worked really hard on fostering that environment of kindness and compassion for others and they have just blown us away with what they've taken from that."
Bray says it all started with the girls the wanting to donate to locks of love... a program where people can cut their hair to be donated for wigs provided to cancer patients who have lost their hair.
Esme's best friend, Sophie Simmons, was eager to show her support by donating because, "they make wigs for people like Esme that don't have any hair."
And the girls weren't alone.
"The boys felt a little on the back burner like what can we do," said Bray. "They said, 'We don't have 12 inches of hair to donate."
What they did was remarkable. Twenty-two boys buzzed their hair off in honor of Buzz for Esme Day. Esme had a front row seat.
"I cut my hair to show Esme that if she doesn't have hair, then we aren't going to have hair either and it doesn't really matter what you look like, it's your personality inside," said Wilson Tatum.
One by one the boys stepped up to shave their heads.
"The hair cutters they called our names and we all went up and I was one of the first four people and I had a really big afro," said Yaya Helmy. "After all that happened Esme walked in and everybody started clapping."
Esme is still going through treatments. We'll keep you updated on her condition.
But it is clear that she has many friends willing to go the extra mile to support a brave young girl.by Mikaya Thurmond