Team Toyota’s Gerald Swindle began raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama to honor the battle his long-time fishing industry friend Luke Dunkin’s mother has faced with the disease.
What began as a $2,017 bet between the two long-time buddies - with the guy who shaved first having to pay the other - resulted in Swindle agreeing to shave at the Toyota booth on the final day of the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods.
The two-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year got an assist when daughter Whitney, who thankfully has more training than B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer, stepped in to assure no blood was lost.
Huge crowds gathered to watch the shaving - and by the time Swindle was beardless, the friends had raised well over $22,000.
Remarkably, along with industry brands like B.A.S.S., TH Marine, Toyota, Zebco/Quantum, Bob Sealy’s Big Bass Tournaments, Wired2Fish and even huge-hearted fans who simply handed Dunkin and Swindle cash from their pockets - that cash donation was still growing prior to weigh-in on Sunday.
"This man - I've never seen him before in my life - he knocks on my camper door yesterday," Swindle said. "He pulls out a faded camo wallet, hands me a hundred-dollar bill. Said his sister died of breast cancer last year and he wanted to help. Then he walked away."
For more information or to donate, see their fundraiser here.