FAIRVIEW, N.J. -- "Everyone has a family member, a friend, or just knows someone who's battled cancer," Fairview Police Chief Thomas Juliano said in officially announcing his department's participation in "No Shave November."
In doing so, Juliano hopes to inspire civilian men, as well, to sport beards, mustaches and goatees to help raise money and awareness.
"It's all for a great cause," said Deputy Chief Martin Kahn, who is maintaining the web page where donations can be made.
The proceeds will go toward the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and Fight Colorectal Cancer.
"No-Shave November" has grown in popularity nationwide over the years.
Juliano, who became chief a little over a year ago, wasted no time bringing it to his department.
His immediate goal is $1,500, but the chief is hoping to raise much more.
As the original organizers put it: "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."
That goes for women, as well, by "letting those legs go natural, and skipping that waxing appointment.
"Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle," their site says.
"Officers still have to be neat in appearance," Kahn, the Fairview deputy chief, told Daily Voice. "There will be no sloppiness."
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