Cedar City Police officers grow out beards, raise money for massage therapist

Cedar City Police Chief Darin Adams (far left) presents $1,500 donation check to massage therapist and cancer survivor Nora Robinson, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 9, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Nora Robinson, who likes to joke that she gets to “beat up cops and get away with it,” was the recent recipient of $1,500 in personal donations from the members of the Cedar City Police Department.

Nora Robinson jokingly massages the shoulders of KSL’s Marc Weaver during Cedar City Police Department’s check presentation of donations raised during annual beard-growing contest, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 9, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

A licensed massage therapist, Robinson has been performing massages for the police department for the past 15 years. She specializes in deep tissue massages.

“I like to really get in there,” she said as she clarified her remark about “beating up” police officers. Over the years, she has been a familiar sight at the police department as she comes in regularly to work her magic and help relieve clients’ achy muscles and tension.

A little over a year ago, Robinson was diagnosed with lymphoma. Six months of chemotherapy treatments proved successful, and although she has still not yet made it back to full health, she said she is glad to report that she’s currently cancer-free.

Robinson was chosen by Cedar City Police Department to be this year’s beneficiary of department’s annual beard-growing fundraiser.

“Over the last three months, we have engaged in a beard-growing contest with several of our officers,” Police Chief Darin Adams explained. “Each officer was required to pay a certain amount of money for the privilege to grow his beard.”

Wednesday morning at the police station, Adams was joined by several other CCPD members in presenting the donation to Robinson.

“We have a check here for $1,500 that was raised to give to Nora. She’s on the tail end of battling cancer and has been very successful at doing that,” Adams said. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to do this for her, with all that she does for us.”

Cedar City Police Chief Darin Adams (far left) presents $1,500 donation check to massage therapist and cancer survivor Nora Robinson (center), Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 9, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Robinson said she became emotional when Adams first told her she was going to receive the money raised in this year’s contest.

“I didn’t know if I would stop bawling.” she said.

“The fact that police officers are willing to do this, not just for me, because I understand they do this every year, for cancer survivors or victims … I’m a survivor, I refuse to be a victim,” Robinson said. “It’s so nice that they give back to the community that they’re serving.”

“I’m very honored to receive this and I love these guys so much,” she said.

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