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Family shows support for 8th grader diagnosed with leukemia

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The story of an eighth grader from Heritage Hills Middle School has garnered nearly a million likes on our Facebook page.

He's Isaac Gogel and he just learned he has leukemia. His family did something to show their unity and support for him.

Isaac's Gogel's father, Paul Gogel and his family have been getting their hair cut at Pitstop Barbershop in Dale for quite some time. But Friday's visit was a little different.

"We're going to get our heads shaved in support of Isaac," Paul said.

Paul, Isaac's older brother, Coty, Uncle Dean, and a cousin all took turns in the barber chair. All sporting a new look to help raise awareness for childhood cancer.

Paul says two weeks ago Isaac was sick with what they thought was the flu.

"Dr. Treadder thankfully had the sense to take a blood test. He called us that afternoon and told us to get to the hospital as soon as possible," Paul said.

That's when the Gogels found out Isaac was battling leukemia.

"He keeps me and mom strong. He's been real tough through it," Paul told 14 News.

Isaac's Facebook page, 'Isaac Strong' has tens of thousands of likes.

"It's wonderful. It's really encouraging for him, the stories of all the survivors," Isaac's uncle, Dean Moore said.

But family members tell 14 News that Isaac doesn't want all that attention, just for himself.

"He wanted to convey that there's a lot of other kids in the hospital and some of them in much worse shape than he's in," Paul said.

Isaac's family and friends hope that their support for Isaac also helps other kids with leukemia know they're never alone in their battles with cancer.

Paul says Isaac is in good spirits. We're told he's being treated at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville.

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