New Berlin youth football team shaves their heads in honor of friend diagnosed with leukemia
NEW BERLIN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- It's not common for the New Berlin West Youth Vikings to get a fresh shave the night before the season's home opener, but they had a pretty special reason to Friday night.
"It's for Norah. She has leukemia. No kid should ever go through that," Jayce Cook said.
Norah, a classmate and friend of the 8th grade football team, spent her summer undergoing chemo treatments after being diagnosed with acute leukemia in June.
"She's unbelievable. A great student. A great friend," parent Nikki Jansen said. "She's sweet. She's fierce. She can play with the boys. So, it's awesome."
A couple of players wanted to show Norah that she's not alone in her fight, and the rest of the team quickly jumped on board with the idea.
"She didn't really have a choice whether she wanted it or not, and this is our way to give back to her. This is our decision to kind of help her," Spencer Phelps said.
Coaches and parents helped the boys with touch ups, but ultimately, the boys executed the gesture all on their own.
"It shows maturity," Head Coach Garrett Wensing said.
The boys will run through a "Fight like Norah" banner, take off their helmets and surprise her with their freshly shaved heads.
"I think she's going to love it," Phelps said. "She loves all of us. We all love her."
Saturday's game is dedicated to Norah.