Kansas football players shave heads for fan battling cancer

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Several Kansas football players have shaved their heads to support a 7-year-old Jayhawk fan with cancer.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the effort is the latest to support Cole Hayden. As the son of the team’s academic and career counselor, Cole formed a bond with the team even before he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called undifferentiated sarcoma.

Previously, members of the team have visited him in the hospital. And almost all of the Kansas football players and coaches wore wristbands emblazoned with #TeamCole during the team’s August training camp.

Junior linebacker Joe Dineen led the head-shaving charge in recent days despite setbacks of his own. Dineen was shut down for the season on Tuesday after battling with a nagging hamstring injury.

KU football tweeted out a photo of just a handful of players who shaved their heads to support Cole, as they posed with his mother, Shanda.