You may have noticed some deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office sporting extra facial hair this month — they are doing so to help raise awareness of prostate cancer and other men’s health issues.


According to a press release, during October of each year, the Sheriff’s Office supports breast cancer awareness by incorporating a hint of pink in its daily operations. Deputies who participated in October’s breast cancer awareness program by donning pink handcuffs while on duty were invited to forgo shaving and the normally-stringent policy on facial hair for the entire month of November.


“Raising awareness of prostate and testicular cancer is especially important because the prognosis for these diseases is comparatively good if caught early,” said JCSO Maj. Lafayette Woods, Jr.


Known as “No-Shave November” the event is a unique and fun way to raise awareness, as well as funding for cancer research, Woods said.


Additionally, No-Shave November serves as a morale booster, according to the American Cancer Society.


“The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free,” Woods said. “Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.”


All monies collected during the “No-Shave November” campaign will be donated to the Cancer Support Home in Fayetteville in honor of the late Teresa Lake, a former Jefferson County Tax Collector employee who loss her battle with cancer in 2016.