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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - It's an effort to change the face of men's health awareness. Every November, guys grow their beards and mustaches out all month, but one Texoma woman is hoping to remind all men, why this month is so important by sharing the story of the tragic loss of her son to testicular cancer.

"He blew it off, he blew it off like most men."

Rhonda Kohles keeps a picture of her son Robert on the wall, to watch over her and the store he helped her open.

It's been nearly 2 years since she lost Robert to testicular cancer.

"It turns your life upside down, and it's not just for the mother, it's for the father, the grandparents, for his children," said Kohles.

Robert was just 27 years old when he died, leaving behind 3 children.

A Denison Fire Fighter, being physically fit was always important to him, but he didn't know anything about testicular cancer.

So when his body started showing symptoms, like tenderness in the chest area, he chalked it up to soreness from doing his job.

The family tried to convince him, but Rhonda says he would not go to the doctor.

"Men need to take care of themselves, they need to get yearly check ups. We teach our women do monthly exams we need to teach our young men do monthly exams," Kohles said.

"Guys we're just so bad about putting stuff off and procrastinating about our health and stuff," said Mike West of Fight Time Fitness.

Coach Mike West and some of his martial arts students had fun growing their facial hair out this month, but he says the bonding experience has also sparked some important conversations.

"A lot of times guys don't think of themselves having a problem like that, it's always somebody else, but it kind of makes you reflect into yourself and realize it could happen to me or my friend or my brother," said West.

"Go to the doctor, if you have something that you feel is wrong, it's a doctors visit but it could save your life," said Kohles.

With the help of some Denison Fire Fighters, Rhonda started the "Family and Fire Fighters Against Testicular Cancer" foundation, in honor of her son Robert.

For more information on FFATC call 903-821-5443 or check out the facebook page: Robert D. Jones Foundation FFATC Group.

For more information on testicular cancer check out these web sites.

http://www.testicularcancersociety.org/

http://tcrc.acor.org/

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