Dr. Tricia Kelly is the organizer of "Beards for Breast," a beard "auction," which took place at Pearly Baker's Ale House last night. Men went into the bar sporting beards--many of them long and lush--and left without them in order to fight cancer.
"We wanted to do something to support our local community and Pearly Baker's wanted to support the cause as well, so we called and joined forces with Pearly's, Steve from Suddenly Samantha, and then St. Luke's. I'm a breast surgical oncologist; that's all I do, all day, every day--take care of women with breast cancer. So I also have with me Dr. Deb, who is the radiation oncologist that I work with, and Chris Davco, who also works for our organization and is also a survivor. The idea started about a month and a half ago."
"Did the guys with the beards think it was a cool idea, or were they like, 'No way...'?"
"Well, some of them were kind of into volunteering. There were some people who were resistant to giving their beards, like, 'No way, you're not getting my beard!' But here they are. One other thing: they wanted to call this 'Beards for Boobs,' and I was adamant that I'm not doing it unless it's called 'Beards for Breast,' just because of what I do and the sensitivity. You know, women go through a lot; women lose their breasts in addition to their hair, so I wanted to make it sound a bit more sensitive to the patients who go through this."
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