by Lisa Tome
Brian Soler shaves everyday for his job as a Cecil Sheriff's Deputy.
He's taking the month of November off from his razor.
"I've never gone that long without shaving," said Soler. "But in college, I had a goatee."
He and a host of other deputies are participating in the first ever NoShave November. The American Cancer Society will receive $40 each from Soler and the other participants.
"I personally haven't lost anyone to cancer. But I've had family members battle it and win. People that I work with have battled cancer and members of my wife's family. It's definitely something that needs a cure. Any research they can do is good," said Soler.
Cpl. Michael Kalinsky is coordinating the effort, the first ever NoShave November American Cancer Society fundraiser. The corporal stated that about 30 deputies and corrections division staffers are participating. Each deputy/officer donated the $40 ($10 per week) to participate. The donations all go through a Go Fund Me account directly to the American Cancer Society.
The public can use facebook to vote for the best appearing mustache/beard. A winner will be announced on Monday, November 30.
To donate go to www,gofundme.com/cecilnoshave. You may also follow the event on facebook at www.facebook.com/CecilSheriff/. Kalinsky said the initial goal was to raise $1,000. That goal was already met.
Detective William Sewell isn't sure if he can even grow facial hair. But he's doing the event anyway.
"I want to support a great cause. I have family members who died from cancer. It affects everybody. Nobody is really exempt," said Sewell. "It's been years since I tried to grow (facial hair). I'm baby faced. I'm not sure what it will look like. But everybody wants to see it, because nobody's ever seen it."
Detective Chris Lewis has been touched by cancer. His aunt died from the disease. He said the cause is a good one.
Two years ago last month, Angel Valle's daughter Mary, donated her hair to Locks of Love to help cancer patients. Now Valle is following his daughter's example. "My mom had cancer and is a survivor. And a family member of my wife died from cancer. It's a terrible disease," said Valle.
Detective Jeremy Strohecker is growing a beard and mustache in memory of his grandmother who died from cancer six years ago. "This is a great cause," said Strohecker.
Captain Steve Brownhill estimates that he'll have more time in each day due to not shaving. "It's for a good cause and I'll have 10 minutes a day. I've lost friends and family members to cancer. I am hoping they make this annual. I am anxious to see what this (facial hair) looks like. I think it will come in gray," said Brownhill.