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Trojans unite against cancer

Greta Horton

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Stemming from an idea by three senior boys, for the first time, Bishop Chatard has been participating in a “No Shave November” or “Movember,” a nation-wide event to raise awareness for men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

In an effort to include more people, the idea grew to include cancer awareness in general with the theme being “Trojans Unite Against Cancer.”

One of the three seniors with the idea, Kevin McNelis, said “All three of us have had family members pass away or get sick from cancer and we wanted to raise awareness for that. We also saw how popular the Movember (idea) was and wanted to bring that to Chatard.”

Guys participating in the “No Shave November” to raise awareness for cancer are allowed to grow facial hair through the month. photo by Lydia Dessauer

For those who can not grow a mustache or choose not to, students can still participate in the Movember: You can buy a Trojans United Against Cancer Movember t-shirt for $20. For all who donate and participate, the guys don’t have to shave all of November and all students who donate may wear that t-shirt every Tuesday (Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5) with uniform pants or shorts. Students who participate may also attach a special ribbon applique to their shirt to express awareness for a specific cancer. To date, after paying for the shirts, the project has a profit of almost $2500. In addition, Principal Mr. Joe Hansen promises to match 50 cents for every shirt purchased for his donation and another anonymous donor has promised the same.

More than 200 shirts have been sold, but there are still some available for purchase.

As of now it is undecided where the money will be donated, so if you have any ideas, please contact Mr. Hansen, or seniors McNelis, David Hannon or Will Kellison. Given the fundraiser’s success, Mr. Hansen has talked with school president Mr. Bill Sahm about earmarking this money on a yearly basis to help St. Vincent Oncology.