Chester Co. students get haircuts for a cause

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa - September 26, 2011

"Why am I doing this? I've known Ryan since kindergarten" said Zach Johnson.

It's a show of solidarity and support for their classmate Ryan Euler, who was diagnosed last spring with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

Due to the cancer, doctors removed several inches of Euler's femur and he was forced to undergo chemotherapy.

Last Friday the dean of students Corey Sigle led the hair-cut charge.

"It's hair, it grows back. It's great to support him. I don't really worry about a fashion statement," said Sigle.

On Monday members of the student body soon followed suit.

"I hope it gives him hope. I hope something like this would help him, I really do," said Shannon Hays.

Students say it's a statement of how much they care.

Even before Monday, students helped raise around $1000 for Euler, for tools that will help him keep up with classes and extra-curricular activities from home.

An Ipad and electric guitar were also donated to the honor roll student who is a member of the school marching band.

A barber from All-Star Images, a local shop, donated his time and the principal also jumped in for razor duty.

"I think it's important to show we're behind him. Not only supporting him with things we can give him, but putting our arms around him, saying we're in this with you," said Tom Mulvey, the school's principal.

The treatment is so rigorous, Euler isn't able to come to school every day but that doesn't stop his classmates from pouring out their support.

"Ryan I love you man. You're going to get through this. You're going to be alright," said Dalton Greer.

For more information on how you can help Euler, call Downingtown West High School's main office at 610-269-4400.

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