HFD growing beards for Pine Belt girl's cancer battle

HFD growing beards for Pine Belt girl's cancer battle
Kaitlyn Wright
Kaitlyn Wright
Kaitlyn Wright

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Members of the Hattiesburg Fire Department are growing their beards for a Pine Belt girl battling cancer.

Kaitlyn Wright, 2, is about to start her fifth round of chemotherapy for AML, a form of Leukemia, and Hub City firefighters are pitching in to help out.

"We do it to raise money for local children, usually it's a child with cancer," said Hattiesburg Firefighter, Jourdan Arnold. "Cancer kind of hits home close to fireman, because we are much more likely than the average person to get it, so this is just kind of our way to bringing awareness to that but also helping somebody in the community who needs it."

Arnold said Kaitlyn's father has taken a leave of absence from work to be with his daughter as she fights her battle and undergoes treatment.

"We just thought that that was something we could help with, so we're doing everything we can just to raise money just to help them out and make it easier for them while going through this," Arnold said.

The firefighters, now in their third year of the fundraiser, are paying $30 apiece to grow their facial hair, and anyone in the community is welcome to donate.

You can contact the Hattiesburg Fire Department for information on a donation.