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Oakshire Brewing gets hairy to help fight cancer

Oakshire Brewing staff members are growing out their facial hair for a cause during the month of November. It's part of the Grow Your Mo challenge. Each vote costs $1 and the money goes to the Oregon Cancer Foundation. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Oakshire Brewing is known for its craft beers and now it’s earning a reputation for beards too.

“It really fits in right along with the whole brewing kind of lifestyle, especially in the northwest,” said Dan Russo, Oakshire Brewing lead brewer.

2016 is the second year the Oakshire staff chose to participate in the Grow Your Mo challenge – a fundraiser to fight cancer.

“Cancer touches, you know, everyone in our community, and certainly in various ways,” said Tom Moseman, Oaskshire Brewing chief operations officer.

The Grow Your Mo challenge inspired staff members to stop shaving for the entire month of November.

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“You don't have to think very hard. Just like, ‘You guys want to grow a mustache, and contribute money? Great, let’s do that,’” Moseman said.

Moseman said the brewery has 22 employees. To him, the company feels more like a family.

“Having a company full of people that are real supportive to you as an individual, and supportive of a cause you’re interested in, it does mean a lot. It's pretty special,” he said.

For Moseman, supporting the fight against cancer goes beyond the funny facial hair.

“My wife was diagnosed very young, 33 years old with Colorectal cancer. Which is very rare for someone, a female, certainly of her age,” he said.

His wife lost her battle with cancer shortly after.

“It hits the family pretty hard, and it led to 2 years where she was fighting extremely hard,” Moseman said.

Moseman was left to raise his two sons on his own.

Now, with support from colleagues and the community, he’s helping others beat the battle with cancer through his beard.

“My two boys are pretty wigged out by it, but it's fun and it's funny,” Moseman said.

“I wish I could grow money instead of hair, but that's not the case,” said Tyler West, Oakshire Brewing director of brewing operations.

It’s facial hair for a cause, from one work family to the community.

Moseman hopes their efforts will help cancer fighters like his wife.

“And I think she'd be pretty proud of us,” he said.

Click here to vote in the Grow Your Mo challenge.

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