For Travis: Losing locks for a cure
Twelve-year-old Travis Compher, a seventh-grader from Caroline County, has been battling leukemia for more than a year and is still undergoing monthly chemotherapy treatments, but that didn't stop him from making the trip to Charlottesville on Thursday, March 21, to watch UVA fourth year Phoebe Willis shave her head in his honor after she'd raised more than $14,000 toward childhood cancer research. Nearly 100 "shavees" lost their locks, and the UVA St. Baldrick's Day event, held at The Biltmore, raised $86,000– more than $6,000 over the goal.
Travis, who calls Willis' head shaving "cool," recently made his school's baseball team and describes his own method of dealing with his illness simply.
"You just keep your head up," he says.
That's a cool kid.Read more on: St. Baldrick's Day