November 7, 2014 By Navas Machingal

Cancer Campaign: Stop Shaving this Month


No-Shave November is a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and supportive funds which go towards preventing the disease, saving lives, funding research, educating, and aiding those fighting the battle.

In the Fall of 2009, Rebecca Hill and her friend, Bret Ringdahl, brainstormed ways to raise money to fight cancer and have fun doing it.  No Shave November was an obvious choice: nearly everyone spends some amount of his or her hard-earned money on grooming, whether that’s shaving, waxing, trimming or threading.  If just for November, those individuals gave that cost (ranging from a few dollars for razors to a $100 salon visit) to a cancer charity instead, friends and family alone could pool together a sizable chunk of change to help cancer patients and their families.  So, No Shave November started as a Facebook fan-page with fewer than fifty participants in its first year.

The founders understood the wide impact cancer has on families, friends and neighbors.  Rebecca’s father, Matthew, who was first diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and passed away in 2007, was an avid contributor to his community.  In the spirit of his service, all of the Hill siblings and their spouses – Nick, Monica, Aaron, Caitlin, Theresa, Christine, Andrew, Abbey and Thomas – joined the fundraising effort as the campaign grew. No Shave November has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.

In 2013, No Shave November partnered with the American Cancer Society to ensure that the funds raised in the annual campaign would be distributed to all of the areas that matter to the team: research, prevention, education, and continuing care. With every whisker grown and dollar raised, No Shave November celebrates the hair that many cancer patients lose and gets one step closer to eradicating the disease.

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