MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Throughout the month of November, the Morris Township Police Department participated in "No-Shave November" to raise money for cancer awareness.
Started in 2009, the movement at no-shave.org encourages individuals, businesses and organizations to forgo shaving the entire month of November to grow their hair in honor of cancer patients, many of which lose their own hair during treatment. The hope is to spark a conversation about cancer awareness from the beard, mustache, or goatee department members are allowed to grow until the end of the month.
The department will keep the facial hair flowing through December in hopes of raising money to support one of their own officers whose daughter is battling Cystic Fibrosis. Caleb Hough and his wife found out that their daughter Rebecca has cystic fibrosis as a newborn. Cystic Fibrosis, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.
They are raising money for Team Hough and Puff for Rebecca which hopes to raise money to find a cure for the disease.
In a fundraising post, Hough stated "as much as we maintain a positive attitude and outlook, the reality is that it isn't normal for a three year old to have to complete three different nebulizers, PEP therapy, and chest physical therapy when she wakes up and before she goes to sleep each and every day. When she becomes sick, these treatments increase to 2+ hours per day. When she was 10 months old, she began using a vest connected to a compressor to shake her little lungs. She has now clocked 1,152 hours (and counting!) connected to this machine. While we are incredibly grateful that she has access to this treatment, we hope that someday she doesn't need it anymore. Not too long ago, she asked me when she wouldn't have her CF anymore. My response was "I don't know but people are working very hard to help it go away"
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