ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) The Beth C. Wright Cancer Center in Ellsworth sees a lot of patients every year and they don't charge a single cent for their programs. That's why, this month, members of the Ellsworth Police Department are getting involved.
“We decided to participate in No-Shave-November,” explained Chief Glenn Moshier. “It's a national campaign where folks forgo shaving for the month of November and they donate their funds that they typical spend for shaving.”
The month of November is dedicated to Men’s Health Awareness which includes a focus on prostate cancer.
“Men have a tendency to downplay some of their health issues,” said Michael Reisman, executive director of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Center.
“Several of us have been impacted directly through family members who have suffered through cancer or been lost to cancer so it’s certainly something that is near and dear to all of us,” said Moshier.
All money donated through the fundraiser will go the Beth C. Wright Center so they can continue to help both men and women suffering from cancer.
“We do offer a lot of programs,” said Reisman. “We have support groups, we offer complimentary therapies here, reflexology session, or a message... they can come to a yoga class.”
While the police grow out their scruff, members of the community are invited to help out as well. Men can grow out their beards and women are asked to not shave their legs through the month. Donations can be dropped off right at the Ellsworth Police Department.
“We have community members who volunteer here, we have community members who donate here,” said Reisman. “A fundraiser like this is just fabulous.”
“Ultimately, we decided if we were going to do it, we wanted to unsure 100 percent of the funds went to a local organization that who's helping folks who suffer with cancer,” said Moshier.
The police are aiming to raise one thousand dollars, and despite a few itchy faces, Moshier says they are well on their way to reaching that goal.
“I've heard from several wives who aren't particularly thrilled about the beards but we're about halfway there so I think we'll be alright.”