Does your hair hang low? Does it wobble to and fro? Can you tie it in a knot? Can you tie it in a bow? For those participating in No-Shave November, they may soon be able to braid their beards.
Athletes, men, women, and those in-between can all participate in the annual ditch to shaving in order to raise awareness about testicular and prostate cancer. This cause raises money for organizations fighting cancer that primarily affect men, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer. According to no-shave.org, the non-profit Matthew Hill Foundation has raised “$1,204,063 this year with the help of 29,573 members, 2001 teams, and 314 organizations.”
All of these proceeds go directly to cancer research and provide services for cancer patients and their caretakers. The goal of this organization and the Movember organization, which focuses on mustache growth specifically, is to donate money one would have normally spent on shaving (razors, shaving creams, barbershops/salons etc.) and putting that money to better use to help fight cancers that have a high mortality rate on men, especially young men.
According to the 2016 estimates on cancer.org, 26,120 men will die from prostate cancer and 380 men will die from testicular cancer.
Senior Ryan Lynch and sophomores Chris Burley and Dakota Turgeon are lacrosse players for Whittier College and are participating in No-Shave November. All three agree that while the cause is extremely important to their team, who participates every year, not all players know the extensive history of the month. In fact, many students on campus probably don’t really know what No-Shave November is even about.
According to their website, bryantbulldogs.com, the baseball team at R.I. Bryant University raised over $16,000 in the last five years for the cause. While this is a common thing for college campuses to compete in, other campuses are less organized and are less likely to participate in such group endeavors. This could be due a lack of education about the cause universally on college campuses.
Sophomore tennis player Emilio Yera thinks that one way to successfullypromote the cause would be to have athletes mention the issue during pre-game and post-game interviews.
Many efforts have been made across the country to spread awareness of No-Shave November, such as the announcement about the campaign on 1500 ESPN. It advertised the top teams participating in the campaign to raise the most money, tips on how to prevent prostate cancer, and the rules, accompanied by the slogan, “Let your face go, not your health.”
If you would like to donate, you can at no-shave.org. Get screened, participate, grow your beard out, and get motivated, but know your cause.
“I think if you’re going to participate in No-Shave November, you should be fully aware of what you’re participating for, otherwise you’re just growing out your facial hair, you feels?” said Yera.