Little Boy Loses Hair from Autoimmune Disease-3rd Grade Teacher Shaves Bald in Support

One little boy is encouraged to be brave by the selfless acts of his teacher.

Dino, an 8-year-old, would soon learn he wasn't walking his journey alone

Dino, an 8-year-old, would soon learn he wasn’t walking his journey alone

Dino Shuffield suffers from a disease known as alopecia, a disorder that causes the hair follicles on the head to become inactive sporadically. The 8-year-old had always loved his hair. It had given him a chance to be creative and express himself in the past. Sadly, Dino was forced to part with his great attribute, slowly but surely. As he lost more and more hair, the 3rd grader became increasingly insecure.

Over time, Dino began to lose more and more chunks of hair

Dino had become quite introverted and quiet in school, the polar opposite of his well-known bubbly personality. Dino’s 3rd grade teacher, Ehren Steiner, took note and attempted to talk to his student.

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After class had ended that Friday, Ehren asked to speak to Dino in private. Immediately, the young kid explained how completely embarrassed he was to seem “patchy.” He then told his teacher, he planned to shave his head over the weekend to avoid any further ridicule.

Ehren Steiner, a 3rd grade teacher inspired his students to remain confident no matter what

Ehren Steiner, a 3rd grade teacher inspired his students to remain confident no matter what

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Reaching out to the little boy, the caring teacher offered to shave his head to ease the sudden change. Ehren hoped the offer would make his student a little more relaxed about the situation he couldn’t change. Dino responded with a huge smile adorning his face but couldn’t muster up an answer. No guarantees or promises had been made.

Bright and early Monday morning, the young boy headed to school. Already feeling the stares of his classmates, the boy reverted back to his shy and self-conscious demeanor. Then, his teacher entered the room, also bearing a hairless head. Smiles, once again, adorned the 8-year-old’s face.

The student and teacher, both with shaved heads, practice studying with flashcards

The student and teacher, both with shaved heads, practice studying with flashcards

Ehren gave a remarkable response as to why he had done such a thing.

“It stinks sometimes to go through things on your own, and I think if you can have somebody to walk through things with, it makes life more enjoyable,” Steiner said.

Watch the inspiring footage below to see the bond between this teacher and his student.

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