Growing facial hair for a great cause

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Police in Pekin continue to raise awareness for children suffering from Juvenile Myositis. It’s a story that’s making us central Illinois proud.

Juvenile Myositis is a rare life threatening auto immune disease that affects kids muscles and skin.

One of Pekin police’s own has a family member suffering from the disease. Over the last 3 months officers have grown out their facial hair, helping to raise more than $3,000 in donations to fight the disease.

“You’ll find one of the biggest things with law enforcement is they are very loyal to one another, care about each other, its a large family,” said Deputy Chief Donald Baxter. He adds, “When you have an officer that has a family or friends that this is dear to their house, everyone else wants to support that.”

If you would like to give to the cause you can drop off your donations at the Pekin police department.

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