PILOT MOUNTAIN — A long lined formed at the start of Saturday’s “Will” Shave Heads for Money benefit as friends and well-wishers turned out to take part and lend their support to 9-year-old William Watts.
Watts has been diagnosed with T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has received chemotherapy, causing him to begin loosing his hair.
Supporters were invited to have their nails painted with lime-green polish (symbolizing the fight against lymphoma), receive a chair massage or have their own “buzz” haircut.
The mood was festive as splashes of lime green colors were scattered throughout downtown’s HC Salon 114, with hosted the event. Ninja turtles, a favorite of Watts, also accented the decor.
Asked for his opinion of the day and the large turnout, William was quick to enthusiastically offer, “It’s great!”
His mother, Shannon Sierra, agreed.
“I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “I never expected anything like this.”
“He’s been really strong,” Sierra said of her son. “He hasn’t let any of this bring him down. He tells me every day that he’s kicking cancer’s butt.”
Dean Palmer may be reached at 336-351-4131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.