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No-Shave November returns and so do the KSAT beards… for a good cause

You can donate to Team KSAT’s cause, or any particular person member, by clicking here.

The males in the KSAT newsroom are entering into a bushy state of affairs. No-Shave November is again and so are the whiskers.

No-Shave November has turn into an annual custom round the nation. It’s a time when males put their razor blades down and let their facial hair for 30 days. But it’s not simply an excuse to get out of shaving — the cause holds a particular which means.

It has been a part of an ongoing effort to boost that can return towards most cancers analysis, remedy and prevention.

The fundraising efforts started in 2009, when the Hill household of Chicago lost their father, Matthew Hill to colon most cancers. His kids started a Facebook group to assist elevate money in November. Since then, the mission has grown throughout the nation.

Last year, 15 guys from the KSAT newsroom participated in the fundraising efforts. Each member shared their tales about how most cancers touched their lives, which makes the marketing campaign that rather more personal.

Team KSAT raised over $20,000 thanks to assist of the group, and this year the group hopes to exceed that purpose.

There will likely be 13 cancer foundations that can profit from the this year’s fundraiser. Sara Svendsen is the govt director of the Matthew Hill Foundation. She stated since the nonprofit’s inception, extra organizations have benefited via fundraising efforts.

“Over the past two years, we’ve really broadened our horizons because different causes mean so much to different people. We have some that are lobbying on capitol hill for better research funds. We have others that are helping patients, boots on the ground,” she stated.

Svendsen believes each penny counts in the combat towards most cancers.

“We put our money where our mouth is and we give back every single thing we can to organizations that are doing great work,” stated Svendsen.

See the feedback beneath about what motivated a few of the contributors:

  • Mark Austin – “I’m doing No Shave November in memory of 1SG David Larson. An infantryman in the U.S. Army, his combat deployments around the world included places like Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Dave survived countless ambushes, firefights and an IED blast only to be diagnosed with colon cancer. After 26 years of military service and lengthy medical treatments here in San Antonio, he lost that battle in 2019. He left behind his wife Simone and their daughter Charlotte. I’m doing this for all three of them. Even though I never met Dave in person, my respect for this soldier, son, husband and father could not be deeper. His life mattered.”
  • John Paul Barajas – “My grandfather always said it’s nice to be nice! And it’s words I try to live by. It always feels good when you do the right thing or perform an act of kindness. Putting my razor away for a month in hopes of raising money to beat cancer is the least I can do. Bring on the facial hair!”
  • Azian Bermea – “This is my second time to take part in No-Shave November. Usually, don’t do it for a selfish reason. I don’t like having a beard. However, I’m participating this year because having a beard for a month is nothing compared to what those who have to go through cancer treatments weeks on end. So please join me in raising money to show our support for the individuals who are diagnosed with cancer every day and those who work to find a cure.”
  • Steven Cavazos – “No Shave November is not just about how much you can grow but how much you can give. So many wonderful organizations will benefit and the money we raise can really make a difference. We all know someone who has been impacted by this disease so let’s open our hearts and our pocketbooks where we can.”
  • Dillon Collier – “Every person I know has been impacted by cancer and its various forms. My father and my grandfather and are just a couple of my loved ones who have died from this terrible disease. No Shave November is my annual opportunity to use the platform of television to put a spotlight on this fight and raise money for the continued efforts to combat cancer. To see KSAT play such a prominent role in this endeavor on a national scale is awe-inspiring and brings me great pride.”
  • Jonathan Cotto – “I, like so many people have either lost someone or know of someone who is currently battling cancer and I hope to be able to contribute my grain of sand in not only raising awareness but promoting prevention, research and finding a cure.”
  • Justin Horne – “No Shave November has grown into something big here at KSAT and I could not be happier. We grow the beards and people notice. That’s exactly what we hope for. Folks either see the beards and ask about it, or it reminds them that it’s the time of year to donate to a good cause. That cause is fighting cancer. It’s something that has affected us all. My grandfather passed away from cancer and my mom had a brush with cancer. And I know there are so many families struggling with cancer right now. We hope to help by raising as much money as we can for research. Last year, the men of KSAT raised close to $10,000. We’re aiming even higher this year. If you are so inclined, support our beards and donate!”
  • Ken Huizar – “I am joining this challenge in honor of my mother who passed away five years ago in the middle of November, my wife’s aunts and two of my uncle’s who passed away from cancer. I am hoping the money we raise as I group will help Dr’s. find a cure for this disease.”
  • RJ Marquez“I am extremely honored to be a part of our 2022 KSAT No Shave November Crew! I am taking part in this endeavor not only to raise money and awareness to help fight cancer, but to honor loved ones that have lost their lives to this terrible disease. My uncle Gerardo “Gera” Garcia handed away in 2013. He was my aunt Gloria’s husband and primarily one other brother for my mother and her siblings. He beloved soccer (!) and everybody misses him to at the present time. And I take into consideration the wonderful Wisdom household mother and father, Diana and Richard, and the lack of their son Bryce. Bryce’s combat and spirit have been such an inspiration to the whole San Antonio group and past. This is a large platform and I’m proud to be collaborating together with my KSAT co-workers.”
  • Max Massey – “I cannot think of a better platform to raise awareness and raise funds to help fight cancer. I have so many friends and family members who have gone through, passed away from, or are going through a battle with cancer. This is not just a month to avoid shaving. It is a way for our viewers and friends on social media to see a stark difference in our normal year-round appearance and this month. Last year we raised a lot and we exceeded our goal, but hopefully this year we can raise more, help fund more research and help more families in our community and around the country.”
  • Mario Orellana – “Like most people, cancer has taken a toll on my family & friends. I’m honored to join the KSAT No Shave Team as a first-timer to help fund cancer research and prevention and hopefully save lives. I am asking for your support in helping the National LGBT Cancer Network which helps educates the LGBTQI community about increased cancer risks and the importance of early detection. Their goal is to create a world where every person with cancer is treated with dignity throughout their treatment.”

  • Mike Osterhage – “Men aren’t always comfortable when it comes to their health issues. So hopefully by talking about why we’re not shaving and men’s health, guys will be more aware and more at ease discussing it.”
  • Steve Spriester – “Put away the razor for November. I grow the beard each year in memory of my Uncle Terry, who died from cancer way too young. By the time he found out he had colon cancer it was too late. The beard is also a reminder that I, and all men, need to take care of ourselves and get regular check-ups. It’s also a visible way to fight cancer. If you’d like, join me and my KSAT Beard Brothers as we raise money during No Shave November.”

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