Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Inspired by WBNG's own Howard Manges, man from Greene diagnosed with prostate cancer decided to do what he could to spread the word about prostate cancer awareness.
"Wasn't quite sure what to think. You know, you hear that word cancer and its big news," said Bill Merwarth, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.
Merwarth was diagnosed with prostate cancer in July, 2011. Merwarth, like so many others diagnosed with cancer, was shocked.
"It was one of those things like, it was hard to believe that it was actually happening to me," said Merwarth.
A simple outpatient surgery removed all traces of the disease from him.
"I was in the hospital for one night. Overnight that day. I've been recovering ever since and I feel great," said Merwarth.
While recovering Merwarth decided he wanted to take action to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer.
"I emailed everybody in my company and offered to donate $5 to a prostate cancer charity for anybody who joins me for growing a beard in November," said Merwarth.
Merwarth was able to raise a total of $1,230 through donations from his company and outside friends.
"It was great. The support I received from my fellow workers was fantastic. It's unbelievable," said Merwarth.
On November 30th, Merwarth had his one year appointment in Rochester.
While there, he donated the money to the Wilmot Cancer Center. The checkup went well, too.
"I have a clean bill of health. I am cancer free," said Merwarth.
Merwarth was lucky; they caught his prostate cancer very early. He urges every man to get checked regularly.