Five people are growing out their facial hair to help raise awareness and funds for the newly opened cancer survivorship center.
“It’s free for patients from the moment they are diagnosed, from the moment they complete their treatment as well, we have lots of things that go on for them,” said Ryan Parnell, with the 24 Hours in the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center.
Wes Reeves, is one of the five participants raising funds.
“To participate I had to go clean, down to the skin for the first time in 17 years and looked like a totally different person,” said Reeves.
He says he wanted to get involved because we need to make sure cancer survivors are also getting the care they need.
“We sometimes forget about the folks that have won the battle, but yet they still have this life to live, trying to get their bodies back in shape and prevent cancer really,” said Reeves.
Parnell says it is also important to remind men to take care of their health.
“The number one cancer in this region is breast, number two is prostate and so it is very important for us guys to have our screenings, for us to be familiar and aware of our own health.” said Parnell.
After two weeks, Reeves is glad to see his facial hair coming back but says he is more worried about the donations coming in.
It’s not really about how much hair we grow, it’s about how much money we raise,” said Reeves.
The winner will be announced this Saturday at the Amarillo Bulls game.
They are taking donations until Friday.
You can donate to one of the participants by visiting http://www.24hoursinthecanyon.org/