Doctors at Children’s Hospital go bald for cancer

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “They’re nice doctors, and they should shave their heads and be like me,” laughs 10-YEAR-OLD LUKE RUSSO.

Luke was thrilled as he cut all of his oncologist’s hair off during a shaving ceremony at “Children’s Hospital” Navicent Health.

“I felt glad that they would do something for me like that,” he said, as he talked about doctor’s at Children’s Hospital Navicent Health taking part in a hair shaving ceremony.

Luke has leukemia. His father says the hospital staff has always been there for his family.

“It’s a tough road with dealing with cancer in the family, says Luke’s father, Michael Atteberry. “You know, our son has it, and these last six to eight months have been definitely a life changer.

Luke’s oncologist Dr. Vishwas Sakhalkar wanted to let his young cancer patients know they are not alone.

“I’m privilege to see so many people so many friends, colleagues, who came to support us, and also about a dozen of them have come, also to have their heads shaved,” says Dr. Sakhalkar.

The head of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Dr. Anthony Pearson-Shaver, joined the doctors in getting his head shaven too!

“When children are treated for cancer the medicine actually makes their hair fall out and so they stand out a little bit,” says Dr. Pearson-Shaver.

Dr. Igor Areinamo is in his second year of residency at Children’s Hospital. He gladly climbed into the chair to do his part in supporting children’s hospital cancer patients.

“I’m taking care of a patient that recently diagnosed with lymphoma and he asked if I was gonna be part of this and I said well, I was planning to do it, next year,” says Dr. Areinamo. “But, then he said no, I want you to do it this year.”

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