‘I just want him to be better’: Cian (12) shaves his head in show of solidarity for best pal

By | December 19, 2019
Dual support: Cian Fairley (12) and his mum Sheila, of Greystones, Co Wicklow, both shaved their heads to raise money for the treatment of Cian’s friend Adam Kopec who has undergone chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Photo: Owen Breslin
Dual support: Cian Fairley (12) and his mum Sheila, of Greystones, Co Wicklow, both shaved their heads to raise money for the treatment of Cian’s friend Adam Kopec who has undergone chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Photo: Owen Breslin
Cian Fairley (12) from Greystones in Wicklow and his mother Sheila who both shaved their heads to raise money for the treatment of Cian’s friend Adam Kopec who has to undergo Chemo and bone-marrow transplant. Pictures by Owen Breslin
Cian Fairley (12) from Greystones in Wicklow and his mother Sheila who both shaved their heads to raise money for the treatment of Cian’s friend Adam Kopec who has to undergo Chemo and bone-marrow transplant. Pictures by Owen Breslin

Children across Ireland may be counting down the days to Christmas, but one Wicklow 12-year-old has taken the spirit of festive giving to new heights.

Cian Fairley’s best pal is undergoing treatment for a rare and serious blood condition called aplastic anemia.

Young Adam Kopec, also 12, is in isolation after undergoing chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. His treatment means he is in danger of losing his hair so, in a show of touching solidarity, Cian, from Greystones, decided to shave his own head.

And while many mothers would be shocked at the idea of their son coming home with a “zero blade” all over, Cian’s mum Sheila was so impressed she decided to go under the razor too.

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“We’ve raised over €1,700 for him,” said Cian.

“I just want him to be better,” he added.

Cian Fairley (12) from Greystones in Wicklow and his mother Sheila who both shaved their heads to raise money for the treatment of Cian's friend Adam Kopec who has to undergo Chemo and bone-marrow transplant. Pictures by Owen Breslin
Cian Fairley (12) from Greystones in Wicklow and his mother Sheila who both shaved their heads to raise money for the treatment of Cian’s friend Adam Kopec who has to undergo Chemo and bone-marrow transplant. Pictures by Owen Breslin

The pair were cheered on by a gang of well-wishers and staff at The Grafton Barber in Greystones.

Barber Chris Carroll was happy to hand out helpful “scalp care” tips for the newly bald duo following his handiwork.

Cian Fairley (12) from Greystones in Wicklow and his mother Sheila who both shaved their heads to raise money for the treatment of Cian's friend Adam Kopec who has to undergo Chemo and bone-marrow transplant. Pictures by Owen Breslin
Cian Fairley (12) from Greystones in Wicklow and his mother Sheila who both shaved their heads to raise money for the treatment of Cian’s friend Adam Kopec who has to undergo Chemo and bone-marrow transplant. Pictures by Owen Breslin

Cian and Sheila have set up a GoFundMe page to help out Adam and his family.

Cian Fairley (12) from Greystones in Wicklow and his mother Sheila who both shaved their heads to raise money for the treatment of Cian's friend Adam Kopec who has to undergo Chemo and bone-marrow transplant. Pictures by Owen Breslin
Cian Fairley (12) from Greystones in Wicklow and his mother Sheila who both shaved their heads to raise money for the treatment of Cian’s friend Adam Kopec who has to undergo Chemo and bone-marrow transplant. Pictures by Owen Breslin

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