"Operation No Hairdo for You" for the American Cancer Society

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Impacts of cancer prompted a Rutherford County Sheriff's deputy to initiate "Operation No Hairdo for You" for the American Cancer Society.

Deputy Brandon Cox, will shave his head with a $20 donation to ACS and challenges other law enforcement officers and people touched by cancer to match his donation. Facial hair may be shaved for a $10 donation.

"I lost my best friend, Michael Rasmussen, to cancer May 17 of last year," Cox said. "And we just lost Sgt. Danny Gaither at the Sheriff's Office. My grandfather was just diagnosed with cancer."

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The Sheriff's Office is already walking in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event walking from 6 p.m. Friday May 29 to 6 a.m. Saturday, May 30 at the Middle Tennessee Christian School, 100 E. MTCS Road in Murfreesboro.

"Cancer touches so many people in our community and Relay for Life is a great way to help fight this terrible disease," Cox said.

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Operation Shave will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 22 at the Sheriff's Office's Range training room at 940 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro. Certified cosmetologist Lesley Hurst and Master Barber Melanie Hackney of the Parlor will shave heads and faces. To pre-register for a time, call Cox at 615-653-6022.

"We are just outsiders in the battle cancer patients usually fight," Cox said. "I feel that standing by their sides just isn't enough. Shows of support like this can really be uplifting to a cancer patient and bring awareness to those of us who haven't fought the battle."

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