HILLSDALE, N.J. — Eight Hillsdale police officers who ditched their razors last month to raise money to fight cancer enjoyed a luxurious "Shave Off" Thursday afternoon.
First, they posed for pictures outside The Shave Bar and Barber Shop to display the fruits of their effort: a $3,792 check.
“The first couple of weeks were a little rough, because the other 11 months of the year we don’t have any facial hair,” said Officer Ryan Norton. “So it gets a little itchy and uncomfortable.
“But, obviously, people who suffer from cancer have it a lot worse.”
Working two shifts, the shop's four barbers gave the officers the works: shave, hot towel, lather.
In addition to Norton, participating officers were: Sgt. Chris Donaldson, Detective Sgt. Adam Hampton and Officers Corey Rooney, Thomas Smith, Matt Buesser, Alex Kaplan and Travis Woods.
Rooney, who was sworn to the force in September, beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma not once but twice .
He and his colleagues donated this year through no-shave.org, a national effort in which supporters let their whiskers grow -- an ability that cancer patients lose.
No-Shave November's worldwide mission the past six years is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment -- more than $3.5 million headed into this year's campaign -- but to emphasize preventative measures.
“All other donation websites out there take a percentage,” Norton said. “This one donates 100 percent of what’s raised to the foundations.”
The money will be distributed among four cancer research foundations — the American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.