TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Cancer is a hard-fought battle for many people living in the Wabash Valley. There's obviously the immense physical toll treatment takes on your body. For some, there's a change in physical appearance which is another blow to morale entirely.
News 10 met up with one Wabash Valley man who was recently shown he's not alone in this fight. That's the reality for Terre Haute man Chad Terry, who's life is changing from the inside, out.
He shares, "A couple of months ago, I found out that I have some cancer on the left side of my neck over here. I'm gonna have to have chemo, and radiation treatments. I had probably a 10-inch beard, and they said I wasn't able to keep that after four years of growth, so I had to shave it."
Chad says his focus in the coming weeks is beating cancer. Though he can't help being a little bummed about the loss of his facial hair.
He shares, "I mean, it'll grow back, but it's definitely a little bit of a hit, it's just more of an ego thing more than anything else."
Then, roughly 20 men of the Bridge Church in Terre Haute got to work with clippers! They shaved their faces in support of Chad. Chad's friend Lynn Allen started asking church members if they'd be interested in taking the plunge with a shave. He was able to garner the support in about four days.
Chad reflects, "Our church is fairly large, some of them I barely know. And that's overwhelming, that they would step out in faith like that and be like, 'Look, we got your back, man.'"
Chad's friend Kyle Ward says the shave was the least he could do to show support.
Ward shares, "With him and Meg's help you know, I've been in recovery for years and without their help, I'd probably be homeless or in prison, so I mean, it's pretty good, they've helped me out more than I could ever explain."
Another "shavee", Ken Bovenschen adds this is just the first way Chad's church family will be there to back him through this journey.
Bonvenschen explains, "We all go through bad things in our life and it's great to have friends there to help support you, and that's what this was, is just showing Chad that he's not alone in this, we're there to support him and his family in anything they would need, and this is just our way of showing that in a physical way."
Chad says the support spanned even farther than Terre Haute too! He says, "I spent a lot of years in Indianapolis I have friends that send me stuff through social media that have shaved their beards, shaved their heads, and I'm like, 'Dude, are you kidding me?' It's very overwhelming. It's hard to explain those emotions."
By no means is Chad asking for this, but we know there's a lot of caring folks in our WTHI family! If you'd be willing to shave your beard, share your pictures with us on this story on the WTHI Facebook page! For those without facial hair, you can definitely still show your support by commenting!
Chad's family is selling shirts to fundraise for medical treatments. If you'd like to get one, you can click here!
Chad starts his radiation and chemotherapy treatments on April 2nd.