DALLAS, Texas (July 30, 2014) – This spring, Larry Patterson began growing a beard. At the time, he had no idea that this simple act would carry so much meaning for a woman who is currently battling a terrible illness.
“I couldn’t really answer the question why I was growing a beard,” stated Patterson, owner of Glass Doctor® of North Texas. “There were even a couple of mornings where I just stared in the mirror at myself, contemplating cutting it off.”
Then, his wife told him about the need of their neighbor, Michelle Fox. Fox is a loving, committed, single mother, who also is a brave, committed cancer fighter, currently waging war against a rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer. The story of how Michelle continues to do everything she can to live a normal life, while dealing with surgery, 12 months of chemotherapy and the crushing burden of expenses related to fighting the disease, inspired Patterson.
“I like to make difficult goals that require faith, strength and ability beyond what I think I can do,” said Patterson. This is what led him to decide that he would continue to grow his beard until he was able to raise $20,000 to go toward Fox’s medical expenses.
Patterson knows that his large beard, growing longer each day, will not only serve as a constant reminder of Fox and her fight but will also lead to conversations with others about how they can help as well. Already, everyone he bumps into seems to ask him about the beard.
“I told Michelle that more people than she knows or could ever dream of, will want to be a part of her fight,” stated Patterson.
About Glass Doctor®:
Established in 1962 with one shop in Seattle, Wash., today Glass Doctor offers complete glass repair, replacement and services to the residential, automotive and commercial markets at more than 275 locations in the United States and Canada. Glass Doctor began franchising in 1977 and in 1998 joined The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises.