April 11, 2015 / 2013 / December / Hair and Gone

Hair and Gone

submitted December 15, 2013 by Matthew Ellis   |   comments

This is a bit late, but I've had several people locally request that I share my experience with No-Shave November with the larger Episcopal Health Ministries community.

What is 'No-Shave November'? 

No-Shave November is a unique way to raise cancer awareness. What better way to grow awareness than with some hair? The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, IN decided to use this concept to raise funds for the Crane House, a unique, court-ordered alternative sentencing, work-release program dedicated to serving non-violent female offenders with pre-school children. In lieu of jail or prison, the program allows women from Marion and surrounding counties to serve their sentences with their children. St. Paul's has been a longtime supporter of this organization.

St. Paul's brought in over $1,000 for Crane House through this Fun-raiser! 

And the winner is... 

One of the fun things about this month is seeing men who are clean-shaven the other eleven months of the year with facial hair. I certainly fall into that category. In fact, this was the first time I had ever attempted to grow an actual beard. Thankfully, it came in well and I was able to wear my beard with pride. I even won an award for the Bushiest Beard, which is really the only award that matters if you think about it. 

Does the Beard Remain? 

No. My wife didn't care for it and insisted it go away on December 1. Honestly, I was just getting used to it but I was ready for it to be gone also. 

For more information, including Before & After pictures visit:

No-Shave November a Hairy Hit via St. Paul's