Those of you that know me, know that I’ve been growing a beard for a year now. In fact, I’m growing all the hair on my head out longer than ever. It has been a magnificent undertaking. The patience one has to have to grow and maintain a beard is remarkable.
So to those that are going through it right now for No-shave November or Movember, I know how you feel and my hat’s off to you.
No-shave November is in full swing. And those that are participating are finally beyond the scratch-my-skin off stage and for some they are finally beyond the awkward-looking stage. Either way whimsical whiskers are flowing in full form on men’s faces and women’s legs.
So why are so many foregoing shaving for thirty days again?
For some reason the real meaning behind No-Shave November gets lost in all the fancy-filled follicles. For those that are unsure, here it is: Cancer Awareness. The goal is to take the money that you would have used for shaving or any other type of grooming your hair away and donate it to support cancer prevention, research, and education. If anybody asks you why you are growing out hair everywhere, you can take that opportunity to discuss cancer awareness and possibly get more people on board.
So if you’re in full beardup mode and want to donate there are plenty of options. However, I suggest going to no-shave.org. This is a non-profit organization started in 2009 by eight children in honor of their father who passed away from colon cancer. There are many cancer organizations to which you can donate at this site including the American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.