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$10,000 raised for ‘Warrior Jace,’ age 4, battling cancer

Jan. 2. No Shave November/Double Down December ​raised $10,000 ​for “Warrior Jace,” the 4-year-old son of Cornelius Police Captain Jennifer Thompson and NC Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Thompson.

​Young ​Jace was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumor in October. The money raised ​came from members of the Cornelius Police Department ​ who were allowed to maintain facial hair in lieu of a donation as well as the public.

​The funds enable the Thompsons to seek medical treatment​.​

A Facebook page has more information: https://www.facebook.com/warriorjace/

There will also be a gospel singing benefit Jan. 26 at 7 pm and Jan. 27 at 4 pm at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Heavens Reign, a quartet that includes Cornelius Police Sgt. Jon Sarver, will perform. ​Sarver ​shaved ​off his mustache for the first time in 25 years​.​

Sgt. Jon Sarver before and after

Police officers donat​ed​ $40 to be allowed to grow facial hair, waiving the department’s grooming policy.

Residents who would like to donate additional money towards this fundraiser can contact Lt. Steve Davis at 704-892-1363 or sdavis@corneliuspd.org.

There is also a fund through the State Employees Credit Union. Any SECU branch in North Carolina will accept a contribution, just reference “Special Account for Jennifer & Eric Thompson of Mt. Pleasant, NC.”

​C​hecks ​can be made out to Special Account for Jennifer & Eric Thompson​. ​State Employees Credit Union, Attn: Frances Coyle, PO Box 2294, Cornelius, NC 28031