A father from Akron, Ohio, was the epitome of #dadgoals by cutting off his impressive locs to support his 7-year-old son as he battles bone cancer. Rayshawn Mims started a live stream on Facebook with his son Ahkeem as the father cut off his chest-length hair.
“Anything you go through, I’ll go through it with you,” Mims told his son in the video.
According to the family’s GoFundMe, Ahkeem’s parents, Rayshawn and Shannae Mims, took him to the emergency room for what they thought was a knee sprain. The family received shocking news when the doctors sent him to the Pittsburgh Children’s hospital for a “concerning” x-ray. Ahkeem was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and the 7-year-old quickly started losing his hair after he began chemotherapy treatments.
“I took an extended leave of absence [from work]. Due to his immune system being compromised from chemotherapy I am unable to work as I run the risk of possibly infecting him with Covid,” Shannae wrote on the campaign, which has received $24,613 so far— much more than the initially requested $5,000.
The couple has four other children that Shannae says she has to send to stay with other family members during her and Ahkeem’s trips to the children’s hospitals for his treatments.
Rayshawn’s comments beneath the video were lit up with users singing his praise for his dedication to his family and show of solidarity.
“Bringing tears to my eyes !! You are a awesome father !! Praying for little man to be healed completely and praying for your family,” one Facebook user commented under the video.
“This is amazing to see this…. What it truly means to be a real dad. even if he not his real dad. this moment will be that his son will remember forever,” another user added.
The family shared their gratitude over the outpouring of support on Wednesday.
“Woooow! God is Good!! We would like to take this time to thank EVERYONE for your EXTREME Generosity, Love, Support, Prayers, Advice, and Most of all you who shared your touching testimonies with us!!!!” Rayshawn wrote on Facebook. “I have honestly Read thousands of comments and messages in these last few days and been brought to tears many times over. You are all Amazing and have shined a beautiful light on a dark situation and for that we say Thank You!!!”