KENILWORTH, NJ - Each year in November, thousands of individuals across the country have been participating in the "No Shave" campaign, an online based non-profit dedicated to raising funds to support cancer awareness and fund research.
According to the organization's website, "For over five years, participants around the globe have put down their razors and foregone their hair appointments to join the fight against cancer. The No-Shave November campaign has successfully raised over $2 million dollars to combat this disease. Every dollar raised brings us one step closer in our efforts to fund cancer research and education, help prevent the disease, and aid those fighting the battle. Each whisker grown allows us to embrace our hair, which many cancer patients lose during treatment."
Around the area year after year many men's organizations, businesses, schools, police and fire departments join the cause. This year, the Kenilworth Police Department has joined the fight. Kenilworth police veteran, Michael Devlin, brought the idea to Chief Zimmerman, "We heard about the idea and other police departments were doing it and we wanted to get involved, so last year we held an unofficial mustache growing contest. This year I approached Chief Zimmerman with the idea of making this an event that would benefit a charity and how other departments went about so we joined this cause."
Devlin goes on to say that he's not sure how many members from the department will participate but he has set up a fundraising page to get the message out there.
According to the World Health Organization, each day 22,000 people die from cancer worldwide and nearly half of cancer diagnoses and deaths are preventable.
No-Shave November's mission is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment but to educate the population about preventative measures.