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Cancer diagnosis turns salon appointment into amazing friendship

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FARGO—We all know the importance of having family and friends walk alongside us during an illness or cancer battle.

But a stranger beside you?

Monday March 12th was the last day of chemotherapy for a Fargo mother of two.

That itself is reason to celebrate.

But throw in a surprise from someone she did not know, who volunteered to be there with her for her these last few weeks.

It all started in a hair salon.

Rachel Hinton was shaving off her hair in preparation for Lymphoma cancer treatment.

Sitting next to her, Singer/songwriter Lacey Guck.

Lacey offered to shave her head as well, to support this mom she never met.

"Nothing short of of amazing I guess. It has been amazing to have Rachael in my life, great to get to know her husband and kids, I would shave my head all over again," said Lacey.

Fast to Monday, Lacey anxiously waited at the Roger Maris Cancer Center with a special cake.

A few yards down the hall, Rachael was getting her last cancer treatment.

"When you finish chemo, you have to have your cake and eat it too. So it says not today cancer," said Lacey.

The whole visit will be a surprise, but what Rachel doesn't know is that Lacey has been secretly using her voice to raise money for treatments.

Lacey is an accomplished musician, and has been singing on GoFundMe as a way to raise over a thousand dollars for Rachel.

"I didn't do anything, I just got a matching haircut with someone and it turned into a beautiful friendship," said Lacey.

Now it's not just a cake and a card, but a check to Rachel from Lacey.

"I love her. She is in my heart," said Rachel.

And there are ways to help Rachael in her recovery.

To check out Lacey's music, and the special GoFundMe visit:

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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