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Amalia’s Fight: SRO shaves head in support of student battling cancer

Posted: 5:53 PM, Dec 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-22 13:18:04-05
Amalia and Officer Andrew Miller

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A school resource officer looks a little different this week and it was all for one student at Skyline Elementary School in Cape Coral.

Officer Andrew Miller shaved his head on Friday to show his support for a 4th grader who has been battling leukemia.

Officer Miller said it was a quick and easy decision to cut his hair off, but it wasn’t painless.

“Well at first it was pain because we had a bad razor. Then we had to go get another one,” said Officer Andrew Miller.

He did all for a student named Amalia Mikulanec who he had only met once before.

“She was up there seeing the school nurse, and that kind of where it all started a couple of months ago.”

That was the first time he heard Amalia’s story. Her mom, Kari, would tell you her battle against Pre B-All Leukemia started many years ago when she was just 2-and-a-half-years-old.

“She relapsed in 2016. Since then it’s just been constant relapses,” said Kari Mikulanec. “So she is a four time champion.”

Amalia started a new treatment back in October and her first day back at school was Friday. Officer Miller decided then he wanted to give her a big welcome back.

“She was shy at first but after the principal and her classmates started cutting my hair... that’s when she got into it.”

Officer Miller hopes his decision will raise awareness about Amalia’s condition. There is a GoFundMe page set up in her name.

The Jim Cook Tournament and Banquet is also hosting an event for her on April 13th.

It’s gestures like this from Officer Miller and the entire community that leave Amalia’s mom feeling so thankful.

“The generosity and thought is beyond heartwarming…that someone would do something like that doesn’t even know us or her,” said Kari.

The Mikulanec family also received an early Christmas present on Wednesday. Amalia’s latest treatment worked, and she is now in complete remission.