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No Shave November Raises Thousands for Cancer Research

You may notice some of your local law enforcement looking a little rough around the edges, but there's a good reason: No Shave November.


"Our policy says you have to be clean shaven. Nothing below the crack of your mouth," Macon County Corrections Officer Josh Page said.


That was until a group of corrections officers and Macon County Sheriff's deputies let it all grow out.


"This is full week one right here basically," Page said while stroking his stubble.


Some of the participants have been physically uncomfortable.


"So I ended up taking conditioner for your hair for my face to finally get it to feel good so the itch would quit itching," Macon County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Lydell Kallenbach said.


It sounds silly. To some even looks silly. But there's a very serious reason for the scruff.


"We have an officer that passed away last year that had 20 years up here and there was a deputy downstairs and they both had cancer. So [it's worth it] to set this policy aside for 30 days and have a little bit of fun. To raise some money," Page said.


The goal was to collect $1,000 for the American Cancer Society. Each bearded man pledged a dollar a day to forgo the razor.


"We joked with a lot of women about doing that," Page said.


Thirty-three corrections officers have since signed on, along with 27 deputies. Some have raised more than their $30 share and their message has even spread to the State's Attorney's Office.


"It doesn't itch too much, but I don't like it, and I'll be ready for it to come off," Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott said.


"The females that couldn't participate with growing a beard for them to wear jeans and then they donated a dollar a day," he said.


The grand total? $2,200.


"Hopefully this is a first-annual thing and we get to carry this on for a few years. It is temporary. December 1 we all come back in clean-shaven and it's going to be right back the way it was," Page said.


If you would like to help their effort, call the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 424-1319. You can also send a check to the department at 333 South Franklin Street, Decatur, IL, 62523. Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society.