The end to “No-Shave November”
By: Kayla Understock
According to no-shave.org, No-Shave November has been a tradition for many years, but in 2009 members of the Hill family decided to use it to raise money for charity. This was something that meant a lot to the 8 children of Matthew Hill, who passed away in November of 2007 from colon cancer. The concept is simple, to raise awareness by embracing our hair and letting it grow wild and free. Then, the money a person would spend on shaving an grooming during the month is to be donated to education on cancer prevention, saving lives, and aiding those whom are fighting the battle. It all started as a way for a few Facebook followers to donate their hard-earned money but has since then turned into a nationwide celebration. For the last six years, every November, No-Shavers have donated the cost of grooming ranging for a few dollars on razors to $100 on a salon visit. These donations helped the organization raise over $2 million dollars, to date.
There have been multiple families in our community impacted by a loved one fighting the battle of cancer. Some were lucky enough to win that fight and others weren’t. With that said, make no mistake, anyone who has fought it, win or lose, is strong and brave. Cancer is a terrible thing to endure, for the patient and the family. Families suffer having to watch their loved one fight this battle. Each and every patient and family deserves for a cure to be found and to know that there is always support. It is not limited to one month out of the year. We have a great community who pulls together when someone is in need. As November comes to an end, so will No-Shave November. However, this doesn’t mean that the cancer awareness stops with the month. There are many other wonderful organizations that you can donate to in hopes to find the cure.