It wasn’t a typical morning at Cave Spring High School. After all, most kids in high school don’t usually wear the same clothes, unless there’s a dress code. Most kids in high school don’t often get glitter tattoos or braids in their hair at 7 o’clock in the morning. Kids in high school don’t typically get manicures and haircuts that early in the morning. And most kids don’t visit other high schools during school hours.
But they did just that this past Thursday. Students from William Byrd High school were at Cave Spring, kids were dressed in the same purple “Team Kendall” t-shirts, and haircuts and manicures were being done too. What was going on?
The answer lies in one very brave young lady: Kendall Bayne. Kendall Bayne, a household name for many living in the Roanoke Valley and a Cave Spring student, is currently undergoing chemotherapy to treat Adrenal cortical carcinoma, which is a rare type of cancer. This past Thursday marked the second fundraiser, called Kendall’s Karnival II given to benefit Kendall and her family.
For just a $7 donation, students received free haircuts or buzzes, hair braiding, glitter tattoos, manicures, music and even a pancake breakfast! Haircuts were given by local hairdressers from The Country Hair Saloon, Shear Perfection, and Laurel Hill Salon. Last year, Kendall gave Principal Steve Spangler a buzz cut and this year was no exception. Kendall repeated the short haircut as everyone stood around and cheered.
Cave Spring basketball coach Billy Hicks even got a buzz cut from one of the ladies and quite a few teachers got in on the action, too. The Burton Center for Arts and Technology performed mini manicures. The Art Club contributed by offering face painting and a cake walk was provided by the PTSA. All in all, the event raised $3,411 to benefit Kendall and her family.
Last Thursday may have been a little different than most mornings at Cave Spring High school, at least most days don’t include carnivals, but one thing is for sure: the spirit, hope and support for Kendall is around to stay.