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Boyfriend Shaves His Head in Cancer Solidarity

We all want a partner who treats us right and will stand by us in both good times and bad. That’s why we’re super impressed with 18-year-old Riley Nicolay. His girlfriend and high school sweetheart, Deidre Sechi, was diagnosed with cancer in January. The two have been dating for almost three years and he is determined not to let her face this battle alone.

To prove his love and dedication, Nicolay posted a photo of himself and his lady with shaved heads on Reddit on Tuesday. Part of the caption reads, “Beautiful girlfriend is fighting cancer. She got this.” Awww! On Sechi’s Facebook page, she posted the same photo with the caption “If you’re bald. I’m bald.

Nicolay, currently a freshman at Iowa State University, explained to ABC News, “She’s shaving her head…so I’m shaving it with her. It wasn’t an option for me.” Sechi had also been attending Iowa State but withdrew last semester when she discovered what was later determined to be a desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor, about the size of a baseball, in her stomach.

Nicolay’s Reddit post has blown up on the Internet and has already been flooded with messages from well-wishers and encouragement and advice from others battling cancer. “You’re doing a great thing by sticking by your GF,” wrote one user, who explained that he is currently engaged to be married and is fighting cancer. “Stay strong buddy.”

Nicolay wrote to The Huffington Post that his girlfriend “is strong and determined, almost stubborn and a little thing like cancer will be but a speed bump to her.”

We think it’s so inspiring and sweet how these two are sticking together and fighting one of the hardest battles there is. What do you girls think of their sweet story? Would you do something like this for one of your loved ones?

Source: ABC News

Image: Riley Nicolay


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  1. Owllover

    Posted by Owllover on February 25, 2013 at 08:28

    I want to marry someone like that one day=)

  2. Em91181223

    Posted by Em91181223 on February 23, 2013 at 15:42

    That’s so sweet 🙂

  3. SingingSara6

    Posted by SingingSara6 on February 22, 2013 at 18:32

    Thats amazing 🙂

  4. pgonzalez

    Posted by pgonzalez on February 22, 2013 at 13:16

    that is amazing!!! God Bless them both… 😀 😀

  5. harleylynn

    Posted by harleylynn on February 22, 2013 at 13:11

    Thats so sweet. I would have done it too if i was him. ♥ 😀

  6. emerald

    Posted by emerald on February 22, 2013 at 06:55

    that really sweet of him TRUE <3

  7. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on February 22, 2013 at 06:24

    So sweet!!!<3

  8. WaitandSeegirl

    Posted by WaitandSeegirl on February 21, 2013 at 20:28

    My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in December and my Dad is going to shave his head with her. I wont, I kinda want to but no, but if I was a guy I would. My brothers might…Its so sweet and just shows how much they love each other!

  9. LoVeYoUrSeLf98

    Posted by LoVeYoUrSeLf98 on February 21, 2013 at 20:16

    that’s soooo sweet!!! <3

  10. alwaysemilie

    Posted by alwaysemilie on February 21, 2013 at 17:22

    This is a beautiful story. I hope I find someone who’d be willing to do something like that for me.

  11. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on February 21, 2013 at 16:50

    I MIGHT do it for my best friend but I really can’t say. I might get scared and back out lol, just being honest.

    This is so sweet! 🙂

  12. brookiebear1277

    Posted by brookiebear1277 on February 21, 2013 at 15:21

    I think its sweet. I don’t know if I would do it though, it depends. 🙂

    • doodahfee

      Posted by doodahfee on February 21, 2013 at 17:35

      I probably would. If it was for my family, friends, or anyone I love ~ especially my mom!

  13. K577sarahb

    Posted by K577sarahb on February 21, 2013 at 15:14

    That is one of the sweetest things ever!!! I will love that story forever<3

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Addie_1598 on February 21, 2013 at 13:59


  15. ArtisanJem

    Posted by ArtisanJem on February 21, 2013 at 12:56

    that is cute (=

  16. MeghanHug99

    Posted by MeghanHug99 on February 21, 2013 at 12:53

    I love it!! <3

  17. dancer4jesus14

    Posted by dancer4jesus14 on February 21, 2013 at 12:44

    aww thats so sweet!!! 🙂