LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Community members are showing their support for a Lufkin couple who have found themselves dealing with cancer less than two years apart.
Today, the Lufkin Fire Department had a "Stache-off" where Firefighter Jeff Barker, Captain Jason Stuck, Firefighter John David Eddins, and Lieutenant John Rawls raised money to help Seth and Hannah Thompson pay for Hannah's expenses while she fights cancer.
How does a "Stache-off" work? Well, all the firemen raised money to keep their mustaches, and whoever raised the least had to shave theirs off. However, they all ended up shaving, anyway.
"You know us firemen believe in our mustaches. I had my mustache for 35 years." said Lieutenant Rawls. "We wanted to do this to raise awareness and to help fund their expenses."
The fire department raised over $1,000, according to Hannah's best friend, Sabrina Guerrero.
Seth and Hannah Thompson and their son are a family of fighters.
Seth, a Lufkin police officer, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in April 2017, according to Guerrero. They caught the cancer early, but during a follow-up visit that year he was told the cancer had come back. Seth underwent multiple rounds of radiation in January 2018 and went into remission for the second time in early April.
A month later, his wife Hannah, a Lufkin nurse, received the news that she had stage 3 breast cancer. Following a bone scan, she was told that the stage 3 breast cancer had been upgraded to stage 4, according to Guerrero.
Seth and Hannah continue to live for the smile on their 1-year-old son's face and possess a positive attitude.
Guerrero says a big benefit is happening on July 21 in Lufkin for Hannah. Brandon Belt from the San Francisco Giants is helping sponsor the event and is sending autographed World Series memorabilia to action off to benefit her.