Lorain County was a little hairier last month due to No Shave November.
The month is dedicated to growing out facial hair and also is referred to as “Movember,” a global charity effort focusing on men’s health, according to us.movember.com.
According to the website, Movember encourages men to grow mustaches for the 30 days of November and to ask friends and family to donate money for their efforts. The money is then donated to charity, and, at the end of the month, the participating men can shave their faces.
Many Lorain County men participated in No Shave November, including Tony Reaser, of Elyria, who joked that he looked like Yukon Cornelius, a character from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” after growing a full beard and mustache.
Reaser said that although his beard growth was comical, he was participating in the event to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Reaser’s brother, who died in 2005 from a heart attack, had testicular cancer, and Reaser’s father and father-in-law have prostate cancer.
“It was two-fold. In the fall, I usually grow (a beard), but I was doing it to raise awareness, too,” he said.
Donny Richmond, of LaGrange, said he’s been participating in No Shave November for three years, but it was only this year that he learned about the meaning behind the event. He said he hopes to join a fundraising effort next year.
“There are a lot of people who don’t know the reason behind it. A lot of people know about breast cancer awareness, but they don’t know about this,” he said.
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