BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Members of the Bloomfield Police Department participated in No Shave November last month, and donated $1,320 to Stand up to Cancer, last Wednesday, two days before shaving.
No Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. It began organically after a father in Chicago passed away from colon cancer and his children started this campaign in 2009 in honor of their father. Over the past few years this became a popular thing to do among many individuals and organizations throughout the country. Like most other Police Departments, Bloomfield does not typically allow facial hair besides moustaches.
“I waived our grooming policy for the month to allow our Officers to have a little bit of fun, provided we were donating money to a good cause like Stand up to Cancer,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “We raised $1,320.00 by collecting 20 dollars from each department member who chose to grow a beard for the month. Our 67 participating Officers donated the money to Stand up to Cancer at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon. I’m not promising I’ll waive the grooming policy every year, but this month has been a lot of fun, and a nice excuse to raise money for a worthy charity.”
Stand up to Cancer is a 501©(3) charitable organization that funds research and treatment initiatives for Pancreatic, Lung, Breast, Ovarian, Colon and Rectal, Prostate and other cancers, as well as Leukemia Melanoma, and Brain Tumors. More than 180 clinical trials have been funded by Stand up to Cancer, and over $603 million has been pledged to the work of more than 1,500 scientists.