Brooks Palmerton wrote -
This year, our world was turned upside down when Alex's dad went into the hospital with a stomach ache and came out diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer.
No Shave November is all about raising awareness for men's health issues, and although pancreatic cancer isn't exclusively a men's health issue, it is affecting one of the greatest men I've ever known.
Pancreatic Cancer has the lowest relative survival rate of any major cancer, yet, it remains the most under-funded, under-recognized, and least-studied of all major cancers.
I may not be running some big marathon to raise awareness, but I am going to grow a killer beard. And when I do (and get asked about it A LOT) I hope it can serve as a reminder for all guys to go to the doctor for an annual check up. It could save your life.
The money raised will go to the Lustgarten Foundation, the largest donor to pancreatic cancer research annually. Since its inception, they have donated more than 110 million dollars to research and finding a cure, and I hope to play a small part in that this year in honor of Gary.
As an added bonus, whoever donates the most money can choose what facial hairstyle I shave the final beard into for the first 2 days of December. I promise there will be a lot of beard to work with.