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Don’t be Scary Just Stay Hairy: No Shave November

By La’Donna Bryer

 

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For many people the day starts normal enough. It may be a routine trip to the doctor for a yearly check-up or an appointment after the appearance of a lingering cough, a lump, or just feeling off. What is expected is a round of antibiotics, plenty of fluids and bed rest. But for around 1,500 people everyday the diagnosis is far worse. It’s cancer.
Nearly everyone has had their lives changed forever by cancer, either through a friend, a family member or their own battle. Now there is a way for everyone to participate in raising awareness and funds for cancer research through a month-long event open to the public called No-Shave November. The event is exactly what the name suggests: participants, both men and women, forgo shaving to spark conversations and awareness about cancer.

 
No-Shave November is a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education. According to no-shave.org, “The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.” By Donating the money typically spent on shaving and grooming, the organization is able to educate the public about cancer prevention and aid those fighting the battle.

 
You can Participate by growing a beard, a mustache, letting your legs go au natural, or skipping that waxing appointment. You can set up your own personal No-Shave November fundraising page at: www.no-shave.org/participate. You can also use this website to donate money and support someone who is raising funds for the foundation, if you’re not ready to get hairy just yet.

 
Until December 31, 2015, No-Shave November will be donating 80% or more of donations to American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to fund research programs, cancer support groups and treatment for every age group.
For more information on how to get involved or information on cancer prevention programs and treatment options in your area visit: www.no-shave.org.

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