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Truckee going scruffy for No-Shave November cancer awareness

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From left, Truckee Police Department officers Jason Litchie, Andrew Holbrook, Arnie Lopez, Ryan Moreau and Randy Misch looked a bit scruffy at the end of the town's 2014 No-Shave November campaign.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Some 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 national cancer awareness campaign known as No-Shave November.

This year, hundreds of thousands of people will hear the words "you have cancer," and there's a good chance some of them will be people we know and love.

The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center estimated that in 2013, they would treat 350 new patients from this area. The center has several programs for patients that are funded by the American Cancer Society, including wigs, transportation support and travel expenses.

Employees of the town of Truckee have partnered with "No-Shave November," a web-based organization partnered with the American Cancer Society that is devoted to raising cancer awareness and supportive funds by putting a fun twist on the month of November. And what better way to grow awareness than with some hair?

The Concept: 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.

What can you do? Join members of the Truckee Police Department by participating in No-Shave November, which ends at the end of this month.

To donate, visit no-shave.org/team/teamtruckee to check out the Truckee team page, and click "Make a Donation."

We are also accepting donations via check. If you chose to donate by check, please make them out to the American Cancer Society. Checks can be left at the Truckee Police Department front desk during normal business hours.

This article was submitted by the Truckee Police Department. Visit townoftruckee.com/departments/police to learn more.