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Growing Cancer Awareness

posted Dec 2, 2016, 6:41 AM by David Tapp

By: Parker Williams, Kate McCabe & Emmanual Blakes

As senior Titus Williamson would say, “It’s not a month, it’s a lifestyle.” No-Shave November has passed, but it is not forgotten. It is commonly known as a month where participants put down their razors and flaunt their hair; however, what most people don’t know, is that there is a much deeper meaning behind the event.

“My dad passed away a few years ago with cancer,” said geometry teacher, Mr. Bill Glass, “It ravaged his body, and it wasn’t a good time. Growing a beard during November helps me to remember that time and recognize the suffering of cancer.”

Although No-Shave November has been around for quite some time, it was not an official event until 2009. A Chicagoland family lost Matthew Hill, a father of eight, to colon cancer in 2007. They wanted to do something in his honor, thus, the event was born. They started this project to raise cancer awareness and collect money for a meaningful cause.

During No-Shave November, participants learn to embrace their facial hair--something most cancer patients lose during treatment. All participants, bearded or bare-faced, are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on shaving equipment, to charity.

Not only does it shine light on something we oftentimes forget, it is a fun way to challenge friends and family. Mr. Thomas Hantak, chemistry teacher, commented on the matter.

“Because I am a big supporter of facial hair, this month gives me the opportunity to let it go, and see how long or crazy it can get over at least one month!”

Many students enjoy getting in on the action as well. For one senior, Kevin Mickelson, this is a way for him to flaunt the chin hair, despite having difficulties in the past.

“I participated last year, but the results were not very good,” laughed Kevin, “let’s just say that it was very patchy!”

No-Shave November is working with following organizations: American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Despite popular belief, a full beard and ‘stache is not required to make the most out of this month. So, toss out those razors, whip out those phones, and start raising awareness for what is really important.