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That time of year again for Truckee: No-Shave November

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Members of the Truckee Police Department, along with other employees at the town of Truckee, will begin to look a bit scruffy over the next several weeks as they participate in the annual No-Shave November in support of national cancer awareness month.

This year, hundreds of thousands of people will hear the words, "you have cancer," and there's a good chance that some of them will be people we know and love. The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center has estimated that in 2013 they would treat 350 new patients from this area.

Police officers and town employees are participating in No-Shave November to bolster regional cancer awareness and raise supportive funds by putting a fun twist on the month of November.

All community members are encouraged to participate and are invited to have their picture taken with members of the Police Department on Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. outside of the Cancer Center at 10121 Pine Ave., Truckee.

The goal of No-Shave November is to allow anyone — regardless of age, gender or income level — to grow cancer awareness and raise money to fight cancer by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose.

Nearly everyone spends some amount of his or her hard-earned money on grooming, whether that's shaving, waxing, trimming or threading. If just for November, those individuals gave that cost (ranging from a few dollars for razors to a $100 salon visit) to a cancer charity, a small number of people could pool together a sizable chunk of change to help cancer patients and their families.

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The money raised is distributed to all areas such as research, prevention, education, and continuing care.

To make a donation locally, visit bit.ly/2eAYEqA, enter the amount and under "Donation Designation," and then select Cancer Center or any other designation of your choice.

Visit no-shave.org/team/Team_Truckee to learn more and how to donate to the American Cancer Society. Checks can be left at the Truckee Police Department front desk during normal business hours.

This article was provided by the Truckee Police Department.