Valiant teen shaves head to support homecoming date with cancer

Allen and her homecoming date, Brayden Carpenter, before the dance on September 26. (Courtesy of Debbi Jacobson Allen)

(Today Show)– When Allie Allen’s hair started falling out from radiation treatment for brain cancer, she decided to embrace it by shaving her head.

But the Collierville, Tennessee, teen was still nervous about attending her homecoming dance with no hair — until her date shaved his head too.

“It was so sweet of him,” Allie, a junior at Collierville High School, told “He really didn’t have to do that, even though a part of me felt relieved that I wasn’t going to be the only bald person at the dance.”

Allen, a popular member of the school’s dance team, was diagnosed with cancer in January 2013.

After undergoing her latest surgery in August, she’d hoped to hold onto her hair at least until her 17th birthday on September 22.

She ended up having to shave it off the day before.

But the blow was eased when her date, Brayden Carpenter, an 18-year-old senior and friend since grade school, buzzed his dome on the same day.

“I figured if she’s not going to have hair, neither should I,” Carpenter told “She still looked beautiful and it didn’t matter if she had hair or not. It’s just hair. It grows back.”

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