LHS Teachers Stop Shaving to Raise Male Cancer Awareness

LHS Teachers Stop Shaving to Raise Male Cancer Awareness

By Frank Cuddy No-Shave November means it is time to show your support for male Cancer Awareness, by putting away that razor. A multitude of teachers including Mr. Madsen, Mr. Bargen, Mr. Sandberg, and Mr. Beckmann have taken part in No-Shave November this year. The three are growing out the beards, and mustaches to support

By Frank Cuddy

No-Shave November means it is time to show your support for male Cancer Awareness, by putting away that razor. A multitude of teachers including Mr. Madsen, Mr. Bargen, Mr. Sandberg, and Mr. Beckmann have taken part in No-Shave November this year. The three are growing out the beards, and mustaches to support their friends that have been diagnosed with cancer.

This event hits close to home for business teacher Mr. Madsen who is participating in No-Shave November. “I want to promote male cancer awareness,” Madsen said. “As a male cancer survivor, I believe it is important to promote awareness with hopes of increasing early detection of cancer and possibly saving lives.” Mr. Madsen wants everyone to continue to support the cause, and make it known how early detection of this can help save lives.

“I am participating not only because I look super sweet awesome with a fully grown beard, but to raise cancer awareness,” Physical Education teacher Mr. Beckmann said. “More specifically I do it to support my best friend and college teammate who was diagnosed with cancer our Senior year at NWU. He is currently cancer free going on 2 years now.” All of the teachers have specific people they are supporting this month. “I’m participating because of the friends of mine who have or are fighting cancer,” Special Education teacher Mr. Sandberg said. “A friend who is a teacher in Kansas City and Jim Baker and Nick Madsen, here at Lincoln High.” Social Studies teacher Mr. Bargen is also growing his beard out this year to support cancer awareness, and is excited to do so because his wife had not let him in years past.

Other than a way to raise awareness, Mr. Beckmann just likes to grow out his facial hair. “Other than making it rain during Hoops For Hope it is my favorite thing to do,” Beckmann said. Beckmann has yet to make it through a full No-Shave November in years past, but he is determined to make it this year. Mr. Bargen is also trying to finish his first full November of not shaving, “This is my first full year of participation, I have done a couple of full weeks in the past, and then my wife made me shave,” Bargen said.

Not only is No-Shave November a fun thing to challenge your friends, family, and faculty at, but it is also a great way to raise cancer awareness for males, and help push early detection of the cancer. Everyone hopes that more people want to participate next year, and that this tradition continues for years to come

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