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UPS drivers deliver support to 7-year-old Iowa girl with leukemia

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Kennedy Hensley is known for her big smile. Even after doctors broke the news to her family on June 15th that Kennedy has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, she still sports that grin.

Her dad says she "hasn't complained" other than a few gripes about her medicine. For all the other treatments she has undergone, the little griping may not be what you'd expect from a seven-year-old who's gone through multiple bone marrow biopsies, chemotherapy and is regularly pumped full of steroids.

It's tough for her dad watch at times. "That's the hard thing to see, to see your child going through that and suffering," said Gary Hensley, Kennedy's dad.

Her family isn't going through this battle alone. They have an army of support from a group of men that normally drops packages on front doorsteps. Sunday, Gary's co-workers from UPS, were dropping their hair in support of Kennedy. Even some family friends came to have their heads shaved. "It's a great thing," said Jeremy Hudelson.

Hudelson's daughter, Amber, died nine years ago from cancer. He said Kennedy and the entire Hensley's cause is something near and dear to his family.

Kennedy did the honors of cutting most of the hair. "She's been looking forward to it since her hair started to fall out, we started talking about it," her father said.

Her parents say she loves the outdoors, but she wears a mask outside to protect her from germs. Behind that mask was her usual smile with every stroke of the clippers. "She's had a positive spirit, she's been upbeat [and] she's just a great kid," her dad said.

In a picture her parents provided, you can see most of her hair has fallen off since she started chemotherapy. Her parents aren't sure when she'll be cancer free. Kennedy's next doctor's visit is on Tuesday, where she'll sport that friendly grin. "Honestly, and truthfully, she's been my hero through this whole thing," said Gary Hensley.

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