NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When cancer strikes, families rally around their loved one. For Jalon McCutcheon the rally around his aunt was one that’s not heard of often.
When McCutcheon learned his aunt Lynette Boone was diagnosed with breast cancer on Dec. 9 the disease immediately became real.
“I reacted how I think everybody else would’ve reacted I was messed up about it. She’s one of my closest aunts, she’s been there for me as long as I can remember,” said McCutcheon. “Then I thought about it and I knew everything would be alright cause she has a lot of faith. She even told us everything was going to be ok and it would all be alright. You can’t do anything more than to be supportive.”
At times his aunt’s spirit during the ordeal uplifts McCutcheon when he gets down about the situation.
“It’s lifting, you see her and she’s supposed to be down and out and she’s still acting like there’s nothing wrong,” McCutcheon said. “She’s getting up and moving around even when we want her to be still and relax. She still wants to do everything and get up and go to the meets.”
For McCutcheon and his family they looked for a way to raise support for their beloved aunt.
“People normally cut their hair off to support awareness but (the men of the family) are just going to grow it out until the cancer is completely gone,” McCutcheon said of his plan. “It was something we just came up with, it was a snap decision.”
Although McCutcheon having hair has been a bit more of a challenge than he expected.
“It’s been a while since I’ve had hair,” said the Flying Tiger. “I’ve gone so long without hair, sometimes I get out of the shower and say ‘I can’t go outside like this’ so it takes a little longer to dry.”
At the end of the day it’s all worth it for McCutcheon and his family.