The cancer-fighting "No Shave November" campaign is personal for Dumont Police Sgt. Michael Foti, as it is for many law enforcement officers throughout Bergen and Passaic counties.
Foti, whose father died of cancer in January 2014, stirred his colleagues in PBA Local 377 to meet their $7,000 goal with nearly three weeks still left in the month.
Each whisker he grows -- an ability cancer patients lose -- is "in memory of my father...as well as others who have lost their battle and those who continue to battle this horrific disease," Foti said.
Police officers who protect and serve the public in several area towns have similar stories. They are participating either in the "No Shave" campaign or "Movember."
Park Ridge police even added a twist ( see below ).
No-Shave November's worldwide mission the past six years is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment -- more than $3.5 million so far -- but to emphasize preventative measures.
Movember's strategy is to promote awareness in three areas of men’s health: prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health, including suicide awareness.
Here are some of the participating agencies:
ALLENDALE/WALDWICK: Allendale-Waldwick PBA Local 217 quickly raised 60% of its $2,500 goal right out of the gate. This year’s proceeds go towards American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. GO TO: https://no-shave.org/team/Allendale_Waldwick_PBA
BERGENFIELD: "Unfortunately, almost every family has been impacted by cancer," Bergenfield PBA Local 309 wrote. "Just this past year, our local lost Retired Lt. Brian Monaghan, who had battled the disease." The union will also be honoring Detective Kenneth Otto, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2005. GO TO: https://www.gofundme.com/PBA309
BLOOMINGDALE: Bloomingdale's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #175 will donate the money it collects to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Foundation. Email: email@example.com
CLOSTER: Closter police will donate all funds raised to a local resident battling cancer. "It's an uphill battle," Officer Justin Krapels said, "and we will be supporting [the recipient] every step of the way." GO TO: https://www.gofundme.com/hf-no-shave-november
EAST RUTHERFORD: https://no-shave.org/team/EastRutherfordPolice
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS: https://no-shave.org/member/ecpd
FAIRVIEW: Participating officers are donating $1 per day or more to the "No Shave" campaign. Even Mayor Vincent Bellucci, Jr. is getting in on it ( see photo, above ). GO TO: https://no-shave.org/team/FairviewPD
FORT LEE: After setting a $2,500 goal, Fort Lee police joined the national leaders with nearly $14,000 raised in the first week and a half of the campaign. GO TO: https://no-shave.org/team/fortleepba
GLEN ROCK: https://no-shave.org/member/glenrockpba
HARRINGTON PARK: https://no-shave.org/org/hppd49
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS: https://us.movember.com/donate/payment/team_id/2260752
HAWORTH: Despite having one of Bergen's smaller departments, Haworth police last year were among the national leaders, raising nearly $17,000. This year's goal is a bit more modest, but the officers have already flown past it. GO TO: https://no-shave.org/team/HaworthPoliceDepartment
LITTLE FALLS: Little Falls PBA 346 members are each donating $50 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. GO TO: https://www.tilt.com/tilts/little-falls-pba-346-no-shave-november-campaign
LYNDHURST: Lyndhurst PBA Local 202 is participating again this year. CALL: (201) 939-2900
MAHWAH: PBA Local 143 is donating $1,000 of the "No Shave November" money it raises to the Nicolas Lauerwald Scholarship Fund in memory of a teen killed in a car crash last month. Officers are donating $50 each, with the union matching the amount. Phone: (201)-529-1000 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MAYWOOD: PBA Local 102 says it hopes to boost the "Movember" movement to "to increase early cancer detection and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths." CONTACT: Police Chief David Pegg or Officer Glenn Tutschek at (201) 845-8800
NEW MILFORD: No Shave November hits home for New Milford police, who lost beloved Detective Lt. Brian Long to kidney cancer earlier this year. Every participating officer is donating $100 to a cancer charity fund. CONTACT: New Milford PBA Local 83 Delegate Officer Vin Siekierski: Vsiekierski@newmilfordboro.com
NORTH HALEDON: North Haledon police, in their very first No Shave November, will split donations between two young borough brothers who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Any member of the North Haledon Police Department will accept checks or money orders payable to North Haledon PBA #292. CALL: (973) 423-1111
NORWOOD: Norwood police have had two officers who beat prostate cancer. GO TO: https://us.movember.com/mospace/12717565
ORADELL: Oradell police officers will donate $100 each and are asking the public to participate. GO TO: http://moteam.co/oradell-police-department
PARK RIDGE: Park Ridge police sweetened their "No Shave November" campaign with t shirts that go for $20 each. GO TO: https://no-shave.org/member/PRPD
PROSPECT PARK: Prospect Park PBA Local 114 is raising money for the Movember Foundation, which is working to halve the number of deaths from prostate cancer by 2030. GO TO: https://us.movember.com/mospace/13372491
RAMSEY: Members of PBA Local 155 will be donating to the American Cancer Society in order to help the fight against prostate cancer. CALL: (201) 327-2400
RIDGEFIELD PARK: CALL (201) 641-6400
RIDGEWOOD: Ridgewood police, in conjunction with the village PBA Local #20, is participating in "No Shave November" to fund cancer research and education, help prevent the disease and aid those fighting the battle. https://no-shave.org/team/RidgewoodPBA
RINGWOOD: Members of PBA Local 247 will match their colleagues' No Shave November donations. CALL: (973) 962-7017
RIVER VALE: River Vale police are participating in "No Shave November" in honor of former secretary Martha Gallo, an administrative assistant to Chief William Giordano who died of cancer last month. GO TO: https://no-shave.org/team/RiverValePD
ROCHELLE PARK: https://www.gofundme.com/rochelleparkpolice
SADDLE RIVER: https://no-shave.org/member/SRPD
WEST MILFORD: Officers will donate $1 for each day of the month -- matched by PBA Local #162. The money will be split between the Movember Foundation and the Meals for the Holidays program of the West Milford High School and Macopin Middle School ( SEE instructions below ).
NOTE: Monetary donations can also be made by dropping off a check at West Milford Police Headquarters payable to West Milford PBA Local #162, please write in “Movember Foundation” on the memo portion of the check.
WESTWOOD: All donations received from the Westwood police No-Shave campaign will go to young Natalie Lopac, 13, of Emerson, who has boldly battled bone cancer. CALL: (201) 664-7000. ALSO DONATE TO: https://www.gofundme.com/ubernat
WYCKOFF: Wyckoff police this month have grown "beards for Becca," a brave 8-year-old borough girl whose last 100 days of chemo (aka her "rainbow day") is Sunday. Rebecca, known as Becca Boo, has a goal of raising $100,000 for Tackle Kids Cancer, an initiative out of the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center, where she has undergone nearly 800 days of treatment. GO TO: http://www.hackensackumcfoundation.org
Is your department participating but not listed here? If so, let us know:
- (201) 943-2794
TO DONATE TO THOSE "MOVEMBER" DEPARTMENTS WITHOUT DIRECT LINKS:
1. Go to: https://us.movember.com/ .
2. Click on “Donate” at the top of the page.
3. Enter the name of the department in the search field and click it.