Hairy for a cause

As winters gets closer, some people start wearing coats, and some get furrier. Everyone enjoys “No-Shave November”, either because they like looking at and/or having great facial hair, or because they enjoy the time and money they have saved by not shaving for an entire month. Many do the challenge simply because there is finally an excuse to stop shaving, or perhaps to try out some facial hair without any of the judgment.

Although those are great reasons to take part in the month-long ban on razors, not a lot of people know the reasons behind the event.  (Insert student quote about ignorance of why).

In 2007, a Chicagoland, Il. family lost an important part. Matthew Hill, father of eight, passed away from colon cancer that year. Two years later, the family decided to use the month when people usually have extra facial hair, and money, to set up a charity.

“No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness,” states the organization’s website ,

The site explains how to participate and it also urges participants to donate their “extra monthly hair-maintenance expenses,” which they will then donate at least 80% of to participating charities, American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Although the month seems to be just for men, women are also allowed to participate and equally capable of helping raise money for the cause.

Now men and women alike can put down their razors and help spread awareness.