The Texas A&M University Police Department, Bryan Police Department, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office and College Station Police Department are teaming up with The Cure Starts Now-Central Texas to raise money for childhood cancer.
Together, they are joining the inaugural “Beard It Up and Color for the Cure Campaigns.”
Starting Nov. 1, officers participating from the local agencies will donate $50 to grow a beard or $30 to grow a goatee. Female officers will donate $30 to paint their nails a color that coincides with a cancer that has affected them or someone they know. Most departmental policies prohibit male officers from wearing a beard or goatee and prohibit female officers wearing colored nail polish. However, for the months of November and December, those policies will be relaxed in order to raise awareness and funding for cancer research.
The Cure Starts Now – Central Texas Chapter was established by Vicky and Troy Bridier in September of 2016 in the memory of their daughter, Jade. Jade Bridier passed away at the young age of 4 from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an aggressive and deadly brain tumor. During her 5 days of battle with cancer, Jade’s story became an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people and opened the eyes of many to the plight of children and families who are impacted by pediatric cancer. Employees of these agencies also can purchase yellow “The Cure Starts Now” bracelets in memory of Jade to continue her legacy. Yellow was Jade’s favorite color. Within the last two years, three Texas law enforcement families have lost their child under the age of 10 to the deadliest pediatric brain cancer, DIPG, which is always terminal.
All of the money raised through this effort will go to The Cure Starts Now.
All Police, Fire and EMS agencies are challenged to donate. The public is also encouraged to join our fight by donating to:
The Campaigns will run through Jan. 2, 2019.