Health Department team retires the razor to fight cancer

Health Department team retires the razor to fight cancer

REDDING, Calif. - Cancer awareness has a new face in the Northstate, and it's not clean shaven.

A group of workers in Shasta County's Public Health department retired their razors for the month.

It's a part of an American Cancer Society program called No Shave November.

Jeff Van Ausdale saw it on the cancer society website, and got several co-workers to form a team in support.

They call themselves the Band of Beards.

"It's sort of the reverse of shaving your head to support somebody. The website talks about using the money that you would use for the month for shaving and grooming, and donating that. Or if you're not into getting wild and hairy and crazy, to go ahead and make a donation anyway of what it would have cost you to shave or a haircut or whatever."

For some who normally sport beards, like Dave Maron, a clean-shaven face was a bit of a shock.

"My wife and my child have never seen me clean shaven. It's been 25 years, and I did not tell her I was going to do this. Her reaction when I opened the door and came home was 'Oh my God!'"

Dave says his beard is coming right back on, and that's where it will stay.

Tim Mapes, a former KRCR News Channel 7 anchor, is also a member of the Band of Beards.

Their goal is to raise $1,000.

If you would like to make a donation, just click on the link below.

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