Yesterday morning I looked at my husband’s handsome-ungroomed-face and said, “Umm, are you trying to grow a full beard?” (He’s normally just a mustache-and-goatee guy.) I was a little concerned because I rather like his facial hair just the way it is, thankyouverymuch.”Not really,” he said, “but it’s No Shave November.”
“OHHHHH! I said. Now it all makes sense. But before I had to agree with this rather chivalrous move, I had to say, “How dare you decide to participate in No Shave November without consulting me??” (Side note: I have no right to ask. I mean…my legs participate in No Shave November right on through March every year, I’ll be honest.) We managed to work that out (ha ha), but then I was left wondering exactly what the purpose of No Shave November is. I had the vague notion that it was about male-specific cancer.
What is No Shave November actually about?
After our conversation, I decided to look into what No Shave November is actually about. For some reason, I was thinking it was all about prostate cancer awareness, which is important to me because my dad has prostate cancer, as does my uncle (my mom’s brother, so I’ve got it on both sides of the family!)
(Side note: my dad had his prostate removed in 2008 with his first occurrence. Did you know prostate cancer can come back even if you don’t have a prostate? FUN FACT: it can, 30% of the time. My dad is one of the 30%.)
No Shave November is actually about ALL cancer awareness
According to their website, “The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.”
So, it’s not just no shave! Skip your November haircut, ladies, and donate that money! Of course you can also donate the money saved on razors and waxes, too, as well as other shaving supplies. It’s for a good cause, and a month isn’t too terribly long to let your body hair go wild and free, is it? Like I said, my legs have been on board with this FOR YEARS.
If you’re seriously serious about raising money for the cause, you can even set up your own No Shave November fundraising page. And even though the month is one-third over, it’s never too late to get started! Do you have friends who would pay good money to see your man grow a beard? Set up a page together!
We ALL know and love people affected by cancer, so this is something every single one of us should be able to get on board with. So, share this post, spread the word, and let’s raise some funds to kick cancer’s butt and show our loved ones battling cancer that we care.