Another No Shave November is in the books here at RGU, and we are pleased that our staff and providers participated in this annual event to bring awareness and raise money for prostate cancer. Along with our annual Zero Prostate Cancer Run, No Shave November gives us another opportunity to show patients and family members that we stand with them when facing cancer.
Where did this hairy tradition come from?
No Shave November is month-long awareness campaign started by the family of Matthew Hill who passed away from colon cancer in 2007. In honor of his memory, his eight children decided to take a family tradition and transform it into a way to support others facing a cancer diagnosis.
Almost a decade later, the organization is still going strong, encouraging others to get involved in raising money and awareness. With this as their main fundraising event, they donate the funds to a variety of cancer-related non-profits each year, including those that support cancer prevention, research, and education.
How does it work?
The idea is that participants would forgo their razors, shaving supplies, and other hair removal services for a whole month and donate those funds to the organization. Men and women can participate! Of course a donation of any size is accepted along with participation. The goal is awareness of the disease and solidarity with those going through it.
We stand with our patients
RGU participates in No Shave November because we see firsthand how cancer affects our patients and their families. We see the struggles they go through on a daily basis. We got into the medical field to provide care and support for these people. No Shave November is one way we can show them we understand and care about what they are going through.
RGU supports the fight against all types of cancer, but we focus on prostate cancer during this event, as well as with the Zero Prostate Cancer Run we host each year. The reason we participate is to promote awareness and give these strong men a voice.
Closing out another year of support
This year we had four employees and one provider participating in No Shave November. The personal motivations of each participant are closely related to what they see in their patients on a daily basis.
“Working in the radiation center, you build a relationship with these patients and see the struggles they have to overcome to beat this disease,” says Alex Rojas.
“I see the patients at the start of treatments full of life and see how the cancer takes a toll on them,” says Gabe Hernandez.
Thank you to all our RGU employees who participated this year. We look forward to seeing your clean-shaven faces again — at least until next November!
Our caring staff is here to help you, whether you are facing cancer or any other urologic condition. Contact us today to make an appointment.