How wonderful it would be to say hardly any of us, or even none of us, know someone with cancer. Unfortunately that just isn’t true and at times the statistics are terrifying. 

The Burton Police Department knows those statistics, and also knows nearly half of cancer diagnoses and deaths are preventable. That’s why the department, along with their Chief Brian Ross, will be participating in No-Shave November.

No-Shave November's mission is to raise funds for cancer research and treatment while educating the population about preventative measures. In over a decade the No-Shave November campaign has successfully raised over $10 million.

Chief Ross and the officers of the Burton Police Department will ditch the razors all in the name of fundraising. Ross says the idea came about in looking for a way to support the community and those fighting the battle against cancer. 

"Mayor Duane Haskins and I were talking about how we can show support for our community.  We both have friends and family that have battled cancer.  We decided take part in the No-Shave November.  When the idea was presented to the officers, and they were eager to sign up.  These officers put their lives on the line to protect others.  It is our nature to help. This is our opportunity to show how much we care."

Each of the officers will pay $50 to participate and have until November 1st to join in. The idea has been very well received by the department. The officers even came up with a idea to take the fundraising a step further and created a team page to raise more money.  

Chief Ross is encouraging the community to support the officers during a month that may have them looking a bit more ‘Duck Dynasty’ than normal. “When you see a Burton Police Officer with a beard, stop, say hello and share a story about your experiences", Ross said. Oh, and be sure to tell them how good the beard looks....no matter what. C'mon, it's for charity.

If you would like to support the Burton Police Department in their fight against cancer you can donate here.