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NO shave November

November. Around this time we wind down from ghouls, goblins, and scantily clad costumes to start focusing on the upcoming holidays.Christmas and Thanksgiving are on the horizon. These holidays are both times of giving, receiving, and being thankful. Thanksgiving though, is a time of being thankful for friends, family, and health. Not everyone can relish and be thankful for some of the things we take for granted, like being healthy as cancer can take its toll on ay of us. All hope is not lost and with positivity and support we can do our part to say #F**KCANCER.

Enter No-shave November. This year marks 10 years that the non profit organization has been at this. This call to hairiness was to raise prostate cancer awareness for men, much like the pink bow of breast cancer for women. It now applies to any and all cancer awareness, treatment, and research. We Bearded Villains embrace this philosophy daily and continue to let this mantra spread into other charitable acts that we sponsor and do. Now don’t think you NEED to be a Bearded Villain to take action. Everyone can get in on the concept.

No-shave November involves participants to forgo shaving and grooming, whether it be facial hair, leg hair – head or otherwise, to evoke conversation which in turn is an opportunity to raise awareness and possibly inspire others to participate, contribute, or donate as well. (Phew! One breath!) The reason for the hair growth as a symbol is to embrace hair itself as most cancer patients lose it through chemotherapy. During the month, any money you’d spend on grooming and shaving you’d donate to institutions to research and cure cancer. It also helps raise people’s knowledge base on prevention as well.

Put that razor DOWN! It’s pretty easy to get on board, simply stop shaving, hitting up the barber for that fade, or getting that bikini wax job. For November, use that money to donate to fighting cancer. Strict hygiene rules at work? No problem! Grooming and trimming maintenance is fine. Can’t grow a beard?!? Support someone who can! Match their money to donate. In short, you can do your part and help make a difference in some people’s lives. It doesn’t just have to be November to give either. Any month can and does work, besides there’s never a bad time to be thankful and give back.

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Breast cancer awareness

October is nationally recognized for one main reason, Halloween. The colors of October are typically represented by black and orange, but since 1993, a third color has been added to the mind’s eye, pink. In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol. Overall, breast cancer death rates dropped 39 percent between 1989 and 2015, averting 322,600 breast cancer deaths during those 26 years; all thanks to aggressive research, cure campaigning and support. However, a reduction in deaths does not mean that the battle is over. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among women and 2,470 cases diagnosed in men.

Breast cancer hits home with many accords the world, because of whom it affects. Our mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters. As men, it is our natural instinct to want to protect them from harm, and in the case of the fight against breast cancer, it requires a Herculean effort from not only our brotherhood, but our friends, family, and supporters alike. A month of awareness in perspective to the end goal seems extremely small, but it has shown to be incredibly impactful.

The Bearded Villains Brotherhood has been heavily involved in breast cancer awareness since its establishment in 2014; especially as the brotherhood grew in its chapters around the world. They’ve used different methods to raise money and further awareness to continue the fight against breast cancer. In selling patches, hats, and even participating in cancer walks and runs; they have achieved quite a bit. The Miami chapter, one of the leaders in charitable work within the brotherhood, would make sure its impact in the fight against breast cancer would be felt as well. In creating an exclusive tee shirt and taking all proceeds raised, it was possible to sponsor a very special family in Coney Island, as they participated in their very own breast cancer awareness walk.

So, next time October comes along, and you, your friends, and families prepare for Halloween with costumes, and tricks and treats; throw on some pink this year, and show the world that you’re not in costume, but rather in uniform, alongside the BV305, in the fight against breast cancer.

Written by: John Banks
IG: Bearded_superman