DELAVAN — The City of Delavan Police Department recently presented Bryan Russell with this year’s “No Shave November” donations.
Russell, a longtime cook at Chili’s Restaurant, was diagnosed with colon cancer in June.
This past November marked the City of Delavan Police Department’s 6th annual “No Shave November” campaign.
The initiative raises awareness for several forms of cancer, by embracing hair, which many cancer patients often lose, according ro a social media post from the Delavan Police Department.
The Idea is to donate money participsnts would normally spend on shaving to the campaign.
Women had the option to wear a blue, (clip on), single hair extension to show your support throughout the month.
At the end of the campaign, all the money collected is donated to a local Delavan-Darien resident who is currently dealing with cancer.
The past couple of years several local businesses have also donated gift cards towards the campaign. They include:
- Delavan Kwik Trip
- Delavan Mobil Mart
- Delavan Evergreen Mobil
- Hunter’s Service
- Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly
- Delavan Culver’s
Russell’s family also has set up a GoFundMe to help the family with ongoing expenses.
This year has been a challenging journey for him and his wife, Zanthanie, and their twin daughters Zabrya and Joane (who are currently seniors in high school), according to the GoFundMe.
Russell has undergone chemotherapy since June 2023 while maintaining his job as a dedicated cook at Chilis Restaurant for the past 20 years.
Contributions will help alleviate the financial burden of medical bills, daily expenses, gas to travel from home to the treatment centers and allow Russell to focus on his health without the added stress of financial worries.