In a touching show of solidarity, Courtland Lambert’s fellow firefighters shaved their heads in support of Lambert’s 3-year-old son, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Lambert’s son, Caleb, began having stomach pains earlier this year, and by February, doctors found a mass in his abdomen and he was diagnosed with a stage 3 neuroblastoma.
Immediately after Caleb’s diagnosis, Lambert's colleagues at the Richmond Fire Department in Virginia banded together to start a GoFundMe page for the family to help with Caleb’s medical bills.
"We spend 10 days a month and 24-hour days working together," Betty Migliaccio, who works at the station, told InsideEdition.com. "That kind of a bond becomes a family bond. When he called us that night with the diagnosis, it became clear that we needed to support him. Three-year-olds shouldn’t have to go through this stuff."
Neither Lambert, who has been a firefighter for 15 years, nor his wife have been able to work while managing Caleb’s diagnosis and their two other children, ages 9 and 13.
"The people at my job have been awesome at picking up shifts for me so I can be there with my family," Lambert told InsideEdition.com.
Last week, the firefighters sold T-shirts, raffled off a truck, and shaved their heads to honor Caleb while partnering with the St. Baldrick's Foundation to raise money.
Lambert was struck by the efforts of his comrades.
"It’s very humbling," he said. "It was awesome to see the support. It’s something you never want to go through but it’s awesome to have that support."
His co-workers have already raised nearly $50,000 through the GoFundMe campaign.