TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - A dentist in Tifton has spearheaded an event to help give children with cancer a sense of hope.
A viral social media post has turned his charitable hair cut into a city wide party.
Dr. Luke Webster is a pediatric dentist in Tifton. He and his daughter Jana want to support cancer by donating their hair.
They are donating through the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. Cancer is a disease near and dear to the family's heart.
"Cancer affects many people in many different ways. Unfortunately touched me when I lost my mother to cancer. It's been something I carried my whole life," said Webster.
All of the hair donated will be made into children's wigs for cancer patients. This is Jana's second time and Dr. Webster's first time donating their locks.
He started growing his hair last August and hasn't had a haircut since.
A Facebook post on the dental clinic's page about the hair cutting event has gone viral.
In the first 24 hours, it received 35,000 views, now it has almost 80,000. They never expected the post to gain so much attention and support.
"It brings a tear to your eye to see that. It's so nice to know that you're not walking through this life alone," said Webster.
Posh Salon said that Dr. Webster's wife reached out to them and it was an easy yes to helping.
"Not even a hesitation. Of course, we were game to help," said Catherine Sowell, Posh Salon.
There are 3 salons cutting hair and multiple businesses have donated food, entertainment and their time.
"It's unbelievable to see business and people just give and give out of the goodness of their hearts," said Webster.
The reason behind the hair cutting is simple, to show that children suffering from cancer and their families are not alone.
"It's a little way to let them know that we love them and are walking through with them and surrounding them with love," said Webster.
All of the money raised here is also going to Jay's Hope, which is a organization in Georgia that helps supports childhood cancer patients and their families.