Growing awareness

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, November 9, 2016

After Halloween ends, many people may sit in limbo until December when people can finally put up their Christmas decorations without being gawked at for being premature.

Others may choose to put their focus elsewhere and grow their beards to support a cause. I say embrace the facial hair.

For those that are capable, No-Shave November has arrived and, being a little over a week into the nationwide trend, some beards are starting to sprout. 

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Although this craze is fun for those that can participate, the movement’s purpose is to raise awareness about those not able to.

According to, the campaign goal is to serve as a reminder to not take the simple things in life—like hair—for granted.

Many cancer patients lose their hair during treatments, so during No-Shave November, people let their hair and beards grow wild and free for the duration of the month.

Once December comes around, people may trim their hair and beards back to normal and donate the money they would have spent maintaining their appearance to respective cancer prevention foundations to “save lives and aid those fighting the battle,” states.

Also, some places will allow you to donate trimmed hair from the end-of-the-month cut to help make authentic wigs for those that lost their hair during chemo treatments in order to make them feel more comfortable.

For one month only, embrace your hair and let it grow wild and free for those in need.

Who knows, you might end up liking the end result at the end of November.