ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville's police officers have put down their razors once again for a good cause during this year's 4th annual No Shave November. Inspired by the late Joe Barker, the initiative is aimed at raising funds for cancer treatment and research.
A number of Robbinsville Township police officers, with the blessing of Mayor Dave Fried and Chief Chris Nitti, will forego shaving and make a $100 donation to grow a full beard or a $50 donation to grow a goatee. Female officers will make a $50 donation to paint their fingernails or wear ribbons, headbands or barrettes.
This year, proceeds will go to "Tyler's Tribe" to help the 4-year-old's battle with Stage 4 Hepatoblastoma. In early July, the Robbinsville boy, Tyler James Juhl, was having fevers and not feeling well. After three weeks of not feeling well, his parents decided to take him to the hospital for additional testing. Doctors ordered an ultrasound for his abdomen and it was learned Tyler had a mass on his liver.
Tyler is fighting the cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy with weekly visits to CHOP – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. On a recent post on November 9 on the Tyler's Tribe Facebook page, Tyler is seen giving a thumbs up as he began his third round of chemotherapy that "is two months long and is a bit more aggressive than the last."
"Our officers 'buy in' to the fundraiser, allowing them the opportunity to put down the razor for a little while and raise money for a good cause at the same time," said Ptl. Mike Slininger, president of Robbinsville Township PBA Local #344. "Near the end of the month, our officers will present a check for $3,000 to a chosen cause. We look forward to this event every year, not just because we hate shaving, but because we love giving back to the community."
Last year's beneficiary, Thea's Star of Hope, received $3,000 via NSN. Since 2017, "No-Shave November has raised $9,000 for various types of cancer research.
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