STATES CHRONICLE – No-Shave November is a fun trend for a good cause: raising awareness as well as funds to help support cancer prevention. If you start to notice the scruffy beards and groomed mustaches all over the internet this month, keep in mind that they’re for a great cause. No-Shave November is an emerging trend that has gained popularity in the last few years but, more importantly, it supports a great cause.
The movement is supporting raising cancer awareness as well as funding to support cancer prevention, education and research. So while people all around you are letting their beards grow out and trimming their mustaches, there’s a lot more you can do if you want to support this great campaign.
The first thing anyone can do easily to acknowledge the campaign’s purpose is to get some new information and education on the subject. Cancer awareness is a focus point for many cancer prevention organizations, so it’s easy to access information about the disease and how you can prevent it. All in all, first thing to do to support No-Shave November is to educate yourself and take a few steps to protect both yourself and your loved ones from cancer.
If you want to go one step further you can always donate to the charity, as it’s now become more than just a trend. The No-Shave November tradition has been around for quite a few years now but, in the fall of 2009, a Chicagoland Hill family took it one step further and decided to actually turn it into a direct charity, after having lost their father from colon cancer back in 2007.
So far, the charity has raised more than $530,000 and has a growing number of more than 8000 participants. It is also collaborating with organizations such as the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It encourages teams and participants as well as friendly competition when it comes to raising awareness about the campaign.
The basic principles of No-Shave November are simple: you put away your razor for 30 days and let your hair grow naturally. At the end of the month, you donate whatever you would have spent on your hair maintenance in November to the organization. The money is used to raise cancer awareness, educate people about cancer and support cancer research and cancer patients fighting to overcome the disease.
Though it takes place throughout the month of November, the charity encourages people to donate and fight for cancer patients everywhere all year around.
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