Bryson starting shaving his head for St. Baldrick’s in 2010 to honor his friend, Caroline, who was battling childhood cancer. Two weeks after his first shave, Caroline, 8, passed away. Bryson’s mom, Lucy, said, “St. Baldrick’s does more than raise research dollars for curing childhood cancers. It helps heal those who lost a loved one.” She wrote this poem in memory of Caroline.
Bryson after shaving his head for the first time in 2010.
It all started in third grade after a long fall break
When their friend Caroline came to class.
She wore a pretty headband with a flower.
Behind that ribbon was a bandage and no hair.
The kids rushed around her with hugs and good cheer.
Caroline gave them her crooked smiled and raised her hands.
And they all danced with great joy, laughing, oh, laughing.
She left early that day and for the days after that.
You see, Caroline got so tired that school wore her out.
But she missed her friends, needed to see them, if only for a while.
After Thanksgiving break, when Bryson got back to school, he counted.
Twenty-two boys and girls usually filled the room
But he counted again and again and still came up with 21.
It had to be Caroline because she was never late.
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