Harvey Cedars Police Chief Pleased With No-Shave Campaign 

Dec 06, 2017

The Harvey Cedars Police Department raised more than $9,000 during the recently concluded  “No Shave November” campaign aimed at bringing awareness and funding for cancer prevention, education and research. Officers went through the entire month of November without shaving to help the cause, with all proceeds going to the Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Police Chief Robert Burnaford’s mother, Deborah Burnaford,  is currently being treated at the facility.

“The fact that all of my officers wanted these funds to go to a cancer center of my mom’s choice truly means the world to me,” Burnaford said. “The campaign went very well, and I couldn’t be any happier for it.”

The chief said on-line donations totaled $8,865.

“However, we still have checks coming in, so I would expect that the total will be more than $9,000,” said Burnaford.

He said the department will participate again next year.

“We’d like to make it an annual tradition,” said Burnaford. “We’ll probably donate to a different entity next year. Cancer has an impact on everyone and in so many different ways. Bringing  awareness and funding for prevention, education and research is something that we can all take part in.”

Burnaford said “No Shave November” is a national movement, originally created by the Movember Foundation to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health for men.

“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,” the organization says on its website. “Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.”

Burnaford said seeing officers with mustaches and beards drew curiosity.

“Officers are normally clean shaven,” he said, “so when people asked about the extra hair growth, officers told about cancer awareness and prevention.” —E.E.

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