Now that's what we call a good big brother!

By Meghan Overdeep
April 05, 2018

Alana McMullan, 17, had been feeling dizzy and nauseous for three months. But it wasn't until she lost the hearing in her right ear that her family sensed that something very serious was going on.

The healthy, active junior at Newton County High School in Decatur, Mississippi was being tested for hearing aids when an MRI revealed a two-inch cancerous brain tumor at the base of her skull.

Not long after, on March 6th, Alana went in for surgery at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. In a grueling nine-hour operation, doctors were able to remove 90% of the medulloblastoma, but she was left with a 10-inch scar on the back of her head.

According to Fox News, Alana's 19-year-old brother Ethan noticed she was feeling a little bit down after the procedure. That's when the college freshman decided to make it his mission to put a smile on his little sister's face.

So Ethan brought a picture of Alana's scar to his barber and asked him to recreate the markings in his own hair.

"The day after her surgery she saw it and it brought a smile to her face," Ethan told Fox News. "It was worth it just for that."

Though small, Alana said the gesture meant a lot to her. "He really can be a pretty awesome big brother. He is basically my best friend, so it's been fun for us to have the same mark on the back of our heads and necks, she said.

And even as she begins chemotherapy and radiation, the brave teen said she's feeling positive about the future.

"I have a lot of people praying for me, and I am very thankful for them," Alana told Fox News. "The first thing I need to do is get rid of the rest of this tumor."