A couple years ago, after losing my aunt Gwen to cancer, I thought to get involved with events and activities to raise funds for cancer research, awareness and education. Needless to say, I committed to nothing. How could I not have done anything by now, to be involved?? As I was driving downtown this morning for a meeting, I began to run down my memories of some of the people my family has lost to this enemy of all mankind. I thought about my childhood best friend Nicholas Johnson. He was diagnosed with Leukemia when we were in the 6th grade. Eventually, his cancer go the better of him in high school. I still remember the day he passed, and I just happened to be the one to pick up the phone when Adeline Clark called to deliver the news. I felt empty, deflated, and in disbelief, hoping that I'd wake up to find that it was all a dream. Nick is now healed and at peace, in a place I hope to be when God sees fit. My Grandmother, Ollie Ruth, succumbed to cancer during my second year of college. All I can think about is all the conversations that started between us in the Summer before her passing, and how we never got to finish them. It was at a time in my life when I needed her perspective on very specific things. Grandmama has her wings and halo now. My Aunt Stella fought a long battle with this beast. She played a huge part in God's Will for my life. She was a pillar of my heart, and now rests with our Savior. Aunt Gwen was a fierce warrior against cancer, fought an amazing fight, then achieved her heavenly crown and wings a couple of years ago. She, to me, was truth unadulterated. She was not for the faint of heart or those who spend most of their days in their feelings.
This year, I've chosen to team up with Habeeb Mukasa Photography in this year's No Shave November campaign. The first time I heard of No Shave November, was a few years ago, and I thought it was along the lines of the various challenges we see floating around social media, which truly do nothing for anything or anybody. After seeing Habeeb's Instagram post last month, I decided to look a little more into it. I found that No Shave November is a legit fundraiser for cancer awareness and research. In honor of those I've lost in this life to the horrible disease, cancer, I do this. For the entire month of November, I will not shave or cut my hair. I will post pics throughout the month, of my scruffiness for you all to see. Cancer is one of those things that, I am bold enough to say, has affected every human on this earth, in some form or fashion. I am asking you all to, not only consider this cause, but to also show support for our efforts, by donating. A link to my donation page is below. Your help and donations are greatly appreciated.
Bryan Hollomon Williams