Lone Tree Police Officer Reid Perry has never seen himself with full facial hair, but he's giving it a go in honor of No-Shave November's message to highlight awareness about men's health.
The reasons why are close to home: Cancer runs in his …
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The reasons why are close to home: Cancer runs in his family — his grandmother had cancer, and two women in his family are breast cancer survivors. But cancer is just one facet of Perry's motivation.
"I also had a buddycommit suicide last year. This is a great way to reach out to family and talk about early prevention of cancer and suicide,” he said.
No-Shave November, also known as Movember, is a fast-growing movement that encourages men to forgo formal hair grooming and grow mustaches and beards to promote conversations about men's health. Cancer is the most common talked-about cause taken up by Movember men, but Lone Tree officers haven taken the challenge to start the conversation about another serious health issue men face today — suicide.
The Lone Tree Police Department is allowing its officers to grow their facial hair through the month, as long as it's kept neat and trimmed. The officers hope to raise $2,000through individual pledges from families, friends and community members. To donate, go to mo.noshavenovember.co/team/144113.
Throughout the year department regulation prohibits officers from growing facial hair, other than a well trimmed mustache. Officers will shave their beards at the end of November.
Officer Kris Larson enjoys the challenge of growing his facial hair and actually enjoys the itchiness that comes with it. And, he said, he's happy to do it to raise awareness for cancer and suicide.
“It started for prostate cancer," Larson said, "but men's health also includes suicide."
Chief Kirk Wilson said he will not be growing facial hair, but he did do his part to support the cause.
"I paid a commander $50 to shave, and he's had a mustache for almost 30 years," Wilson said. "This is in support of something that's bigger than us, and is a great cause.
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