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Child Life Specialist David Ish (far right) shaved Daria Garcia’s head on Feb. 4 in support of her son Dorrian Blackwell, currently undergoing chemotherapy for a brain tumor.
Most moms and young girls don’t shave their heads. But Daria Garcia of Collinsville, along with her daughters, Kiara, 5, and Kylee, 6, gladly cut off all their hair.

"It's what's on the inside that counts."

Daria’s son Dorrian recently began chemotherapy, and she said this is one way to show the family’s love and support for him.

“We’re doing this together,” said Daria Garcia. “The hair doesn’t change the person. We’re still the same person. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.”

Treatment with Teamwork

Doctors at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center discovered that Dorrian has a brain tumor. He was originally diagnosed as a “failure to thrive” patient because he was not gaining weight. Dorrian weighs just 14 pounds, when he should be 35 to 40 pounds at 17 months old.

Dorrian’s chemotherapy began recently, and a team of doctors, including pediatric surgeon Charles Andrus, M.D. and pediatric oncologist Karen Gauvain, M.D., are closely following his treatment.

A Family of Fighters

Daria was amazed that her daughters wanted to shave their heads like she did.

“It really surprised me because most little girls are so worried about how their hair looks,” said Daria. “But they saw their mother do it, and they told me that they wanted to do that for their brother, too.”

Daria plans to keep her head shaved until Dorrian’s hair grows back again.

“We are going to pull through this because we're fighters.”


Watch a video about Dorrian and his family (courtesy of Fox2 News St. Louis).

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