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A close shave at Sakai
"Bald is beautiful at Sakai Intermediate School, where several teachers now sport shaved heads to support colleague Shelley Evans.Diagnosed with breast cancer in early September, Evans recently went through the first stages of chemotherapy, losing all of her hair. Six Sakai teachers had their heads shaved in support, in front of fifth and sixth graders last week.It was incredible, it was awesome - I had no idea there was so much support and love out there, Evans said.Teacher Tim Harris first approached Evans about the plan, to Harris responded, Oh, you silly.But she was surprised when others volunteered.I thought it was going to be just him, Evans said. Before I knew it there were five others, including teachers Jim Starrs, Doug Olson, Rick Moore, Bob Dwyer and Adam Rabinowitz.I thought that it was so little-such a minor thing for me to do, said Starrs, who lost shoulder-length hair in the shearing. But it made such a difference to Shelley.Some of the students took a turn at the shears.The kids were so into it, Starrs said, I think it took away some of the scariness too.People love this kind of thing, if there were just more opportunities.The students were very aware of Evans' condition and why they were doing this, she said. Just the fact that many students came up to me and asked, 'Are you okay with this Mrs. Evans?' showed their concern, she said.The support did not start with the head-shaving, though. As soon as staff and parents found out about Evans' condition in September, she was showered with flowers and cards.It was very touching, Evans said.The support continues every. Parents have volunteered to cook meals for her and her students give smiles. The kids don't care (about the cancer), Evans said. They are willing to accept me any old way.By Christmas, Evans should be finished with chemotherapy. Beginning in February, she will undergo radiation five days a week for six weeks.This has been a wild and fast ride, Evans said. "