Kindness is contagious for young kids supporting classmate with cancer | KOB 4

Kindness is contagious for young kids supporting classmate with cancer

Kassi Nelson
October 07, 2018 02:02 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It was an ostensibly simple gesture that evolved into a world of support.


10-year-old Daniel Raju had a message for his friend and classmate, Taliana Vargas, who has been forced to spend a lot of time in a hospital bed as she battles stage four neuroblastoma.

"What I really want to say is that she's not alone," Raju said.

But Raju is doing more than that. On Saturday morning he and others went under the razor at Santi's Barber Shop in Rio Rancho to raise money for Vargas.

"I don't like that Taliana's dad or mom have to worry about medication bills," he said.

Vargas was diagnosed with the ailment months ago, and has since been through four rounds of chemotherapy.

Raju was the first to get a new 'do before his compassion caught on. Arlette Bencomo also got a fresh cut to support one of her best friends, shedding her locks because she said she knows Vargas would do the same.

"It feels awesome. I don't feel really different, but I feel awesome," Bencomo said.

It was a huge turnout for what began as a simple request at the barber shop. Maurice Green, the owner of Santi's, said his barbers also donated their tips from Saturday, and even held a raffle that raised $9,000 for Taliana.

As the kids showed, their kindness was contagious.

"It feels great," Raju said. "It feels like I actually did something really good for Tali. I feel like she's going to be really happy."


Kassi Nelson

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