Men growing their beards out for the Ulman Cancer Fund's "Beard Off" Challenge

Posted at 12:59 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 18:12:22-05

If your man is looking a little scruffier than usual, if his five o'clock shadow is in need of some love, don't grab the razor. He may be growing out his beard for his a good cause.

The month of November has become the month of the beard and moustache, where men grow out their facial hair for things like Movember or No Shave November to bring awareness to men's health.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is putting a twist on this challenge. They're asking men to grow their beards to help young adults battling cancer through the "Beard Off" challenge.

"It's an easy ask, just grow your beard and talk about the young adult cancer cause," said Amy Young, the events and marketing coordinator for the Ulman Cancer Fund. "It's something that has affected everybody but not everybody knows how to talk about it."

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The Ulman Cancer Fund provides support services to young adults battling cancer, as well as their families. The "Beard Off" started four years ago as a friendly competition between two friends. Since then, it has raised more than $70,000 and the goal this year is to raise $50,000.

Jonathan Chiodo is one of the beard-growing competitors. He works for M&T Bank, which is sponsoring the challenge this year. Chiodo says the "Beard Off" is a great team activity with a philanthropic twist.

"Lets try to build camaraderie around our people, lets have some conversations about this and lets do something that's enjoyable that we can also give back to the community," he said.

Here's how you can learn more about the Beard Off challenge, and how you can participate or make a donation.

Watch the video of Brendan Klekner, grooming manager at the QG, give tips on how to maintain your beard and the one thing not to do when you shave it all off.

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