WATCH THE VIDEO: COSTA BLANCA barbers go viral in support of colleague with cancer
In a heart-warming video which has since gone viral, a group of barbers from Elche on the Costa Blanca recorded the moment they surprised their colleague, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, by shaving their heads in solidarity. Neftalí Martín decided to ask his partner Joel Ortega to shave his head in anticipation of his upcoming chemotherapy therapy, but nothing could have prepared him for the shock of his fellow team member taking the razor to her own head and declaring: “You are not alone.”
“A colleague from our team is going through a difficult time. We want to travel this path with you. Together as we have always been, because you are not going on this journey alone. We want to show you what true friendship is, because we are all one. What the barbershop unites, nobody can ever separate,” an emotional hairdresser told the camera.
The reaction of Mr Martín to the gesture of his friends has melted the hearts of people around the globe; the video quickly went viral and now has more than 10 million views. Later, the barbershop itself broadcast another video in which six other colleagues also decided to cut their hair in a show of support.
Abel Pleguezuelos, CEO of the Lords & Barbers establishment, told Spanish daily Informacion that it makes a nice change for a video to go viral on social media for a happy reason. He added that his brave employee has insisted that he wants to continue working while battling cancer: “He has not wanted to take sick leave because he says that work gives him life.”
More than 2.4 million messages of support have since flooded in for Mr Martín. Lords & Barbers itself have received several prestigious awards in the past and was a finalist in the “I am Bearded” awards, the Michelin star equivalent of accolades in the industry.
Watch The Video: Costa Blanca Barbers Go Viral