It's a scary time for Eric Everett. In his early thirties, he's already started saying his goodbyes.
"I have a brain tumor on the right side of my brain the size of 2 golf balls," says Everett.
Everett is a chef at NEO College in Miami, a husband, and father of 2.
"This is my little princess and my little man," Everett refers to his daughter and son.
They're his inspiration to keep fighting for life. This optimistic man was diagnosed with his 1st tumor when he was 16. He had it removed, thought he was cancer free, but this last month he had a seizure. Doctors confirmed it was another tumor, bigger than before. Now, he's sending a message to everyone.
"Stay on top of you're health, go get checked. Don't wait, don't hesitate."
A message oncologists preach to their patients.
"This brings back bad times to them so they necessarily don't like to continue to follow," states Mary Ann Devoe, Freeman Practitioner.
Check ups can be the difference between life and death.
"The earlier we can catch it the better off that patient is going to be," states Devoe.
Everett has surgery on Monday. The procedure is trumping an important goal. He's been growing out his hair to donate it to kids with cancer.
"I got to shave my hair now, I can't complete what I started. I can't quit," states Everett.
So he wants you to donate your hair to Locks of Love or wigs for kids the day of his surgery.
"Donate you hair to show you care to improve someones life, it's hair, it grows back."
Everett will check to see if his hair is long enough to donate before his surgery.