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7-year-old girl gives touching gift to cancer-stricken friend

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Maddy Hunt (Left), Kelsey McIsaac Maddy Hunt (Left), Kelsey McIsaac

LAWTON, Okla. – When a 7-year-old girl from Lawton found out her best friend was diagnosed with leukemia, she knew she had to do something.  So she went to her mother to find a way to help, and the idea quickly came to mind for "Locks of Love". 

Every year, the organization provides hair to children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss from any type of diagnosis under the age of 21.

It is the purest form of true friendship.  These girls are just 7 years old and are battling a very adult issue.  When 7News asked Kelsey why she would want to cut all of her hair off, she said it was simple; because she loved her best friend Maddy. 

The thing is, it has taken so long for Kelsey to grow hers, that Maddy's has already grown back.  But Kelsey is still cutting it in honor of the trials her best friend went through.

They share a friendship bond so tight that literally nothing can stand in the way of two best friends.

"Because Maddy had cancer," said Kelsey.

Kelsey and Maddy met when they were just in pre-school and developed an inseparable bond.

"It amazes me, every time that they are together, every time that they want to do something together, whether it's spending the night, taking a dance class together, or in the same classroom," said Kelsey's mother, Kim McIsaac.

But then some devastating news for Maddy came in November 2009.

"Couldn't really do a whole lot in the beginning, because she had to get out of school.  She stayed out.  That was during some rigorous times during treatment," said McIsaac.

Once Kelsey witnessed what her friend was going through, she knew she wanted to help.

"Kelsey said, ‘Mom, I want to do it.'  And so I said ‘Ok, let's not cut it.'  So it's taken about a year for us to grow it out and a lot of tangles and crying as we brush it," said McIsaac.

When Maddy heard what courageous efforts her friend was doing for her, she says the feeling was unexplainable.

"Like excited and happy for her to do this for me.  Yeah like that's the thing, and for other kids, even if I didn't have her hair I would still be happy," said Maddy.

Kelsey's hair has finally reached 10 inches and the girls could not think of a more perfect day to show love then Tuesday on Valentine's Day.

"Because I think that'd be better because it would be like a special day for those who have cancer," said Kelsey.

Tuesday at 4 p.m. Kelsey will be cutting off 10 inches of her hair to give to the Locks of Love Foundation; something her mother, Kim, says she could not be more proud of her for.

Maddy will go through her last treatments of chemotherapy on March 16.  The OU Medical Center will have a bell ringing ceremony to honor her.

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