By Graciela Miramontes
It seems that in recent years, all men have chosen to honor their masculinity through an absence of the razor. While it may be a trend that refuses to die, there are those who have a purpose behind their beards. The terrible battle against cancer is, unfortunately, far from over. However, it is an issue that has managed to involve all of society through many initiatives in an aim to make us aware of the pain of others. Such is the case of #NoShaveNovember.
Surely you've noticed the commotion that this movement has had on social networks, but you probably do not know that its origin is anything but superficial. Here we tell you what you did not know about this incredible campaign.
Straight from the heart
One of the first reactions of patients when undergoing chemotherapy treatment is hair loss; that is precisely the engine of #NoShaveNovember.
Throughout the entire month, participants are invited to not shave their beard and to let it grow, and grow freely. The reason? All the money that a person saves on grooming sessions and visits to the barber will be donated to the foundation in order to join the fight.
Women also donate
Don’t let the facial hair fool you! Being a woman doesn’t exclude you from joining the cause. For one month, forget the skirts and shorts, and postpone your hair removal sessions; after all, we’re in winter.
In the end, you’ll notice that being all-natural for thirty days will bring a greater sense of satisfaction at the end of the year, and, in turn, will bring a bit of joy through your support.
All the money obtained at the end of the month will be given to four of the most important organizations fighting cancer: American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
It is an initiative that reaches out to all those affected by this terrible disease, regardless of age.
By families for families
The #NoShaveNovember is a movement that has been a tradition for years, but it wasn’t until the fall of 2009 that it took a humanitarian direction. The Hill family, from Chicago, was the first to begin collecting money for charity after the father, Matthew Hill, died of colon cancer in 2007. Since then, his eight children started a movement on Facebook which, throughout its six years, continues to be strengthened and reaching many more people, making it a national phenomenon.
If you want to know more about this admirable campaign, visit the No Shave November site.