Never heard of No Shave November? It is a shaving pause for a good cause


Jack Lawerence

Schreiber students and staff alike are participating in No Shave November. Math teacher Mr. Chris Ferruso a beard in honor of the event.

Zoe Tashlike, Contributing Writer

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you—the school does indeed have more stubble than usual as students, faculty members, and people across the country stash away their razors and shaving cream for No-Shave November.

No-Shave November is an online non-profit organization devoted to spreading cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.

Many cancer patients lose their hair during chemotherapy treatment, so No-Shave November participants embrace their hair, which they are so fortunate to have, in order to support those battling to live. 

“No-Shavers” are encouraged to donate the money they typically spend on shaving and grooming to organizations that educate about cancer prevention and save lives. The movement aids those fighting the battle by expanding knowledge outside of hospitals or clinics and supporting research.

Those who get involved are motivated by a variety of different reasons. Some take part in order to join in with a group of friends or colleagues in a competitive manner, while others choose to participate on their own.

“To be 100 percent honest, I am doing this for fun,” said junior Derek Livingston.  “I think it’s a new way to spend my November, and I’m proud to be a part of a supportive organization such as this one.”

Some supporters of the movement are not “No-Shavers” but still do their part by helping with fundraising or cheering on peers.

“I think people are encouraged to take part in this program because it raises awareness for a worthwhile cause,” said junior Julia Muratore.

This movement has a remarkable effect on creating a sense of unity among not just its participants but also among observers.  

“I think No-Shave November genuinely helps raise awareness for cancer patients who don’t have the ability to grow hair.  Any support and effort to give money to cancer research helps,” said junior Derrick Weisburd.

No-Shave November also offers a curiosity comfort zone by opening up discussion among both those who are partaking in the challenge and those who are not. In this way, it brings light to the issue of funding for cancer research and spreads the word about this topic.

“I definitely think that more people come up to me, mostly teachers and administrators.  Also, I was able to reconnect with people who I don’t know as well,” said Weisburd.

In the end, No-Shave November literally leaves a mark on participants while also inspiring others to take action.  Having an organization showing such amazing support for cancer patients is a step towards helping them overcome the burden of their disease.

As No-Shave November continues, we wish the participants the best of luck on their journey.