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Oil Patch pink: Son dyes goatee in support of breast cancer awareness

Brian Boyd, Dickinson, drives the Gator during his shift at Baker Hughes on Friday night. The 36-year-old dyed his goatee a bright pink to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Christine Boyd said her hair is starting to grow back after she lost it during breast cancer treatment.

Brian Boyd, her 36-year-old son, said he intends to keep his bright-pink goatee until his natural hair color grows back.

Taylor Boyd, his 9-year-old daughter, said she likes Dad's new look but isn't telling her friends because she doesn't want them to know and, "It's my daddy and not theirs."

Christine, who is age 64 and lives in Orangevale, Calif., was diagnosed with breast cancer on Nov. 14. It may come as a surprise that she said she enjoyed it.

"I loved every moment because I was alive," Christine said.

Brian's co-worker at Baker Hughes, Lee Huffman, Las Vegas, said Brian shows good support. "At first, I thought he lost a bet."

Brian has two sons in Colorado: Alex, 11, and Zavery, 12. He lives in Dickinson with Taylor and his wife, Nichole. The Baker Hughes employee sat down at a salon to get his goatee prettied up Oct. 5 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

"My mom was fighting breast cancer and so far she is winning," he said of Christine, adding the dye was the best way he could show his support for those fighting cancer. "My mom went through it. My eyes are a lot more open and I hope to God no one ever gets it."

Christine's doctors discovered a lump during her yearly mammogram. She has advice for those in similar situations.

"Hang in there. Go to your appointments, put a smile on your face -- life is not over," she said.

Christine thinks Brian's and her grandsons', who also dyed their hair pink, gestures are wonderful.

"My son, I'm so proud of him. He tickles you to no end," she said. "It shows he cares and I already knew he did."

She beat it, Brian said of Mom's cancer. "My mom is a very strong woman."

Christine said the cancer is gone and Brian will continue to support those fighting breast cancer.

"I get a lot of looks," he said of his new do. "I don't know if they are afraid or something, but I definitely get the weird looks."

But those weird glances are not from his daughter Taylor. "It looks good on him," she said.