Public Safety Officers Grow Beards, Mustaches for Cancer Research
Some of the patrolmen you see on the UMass Boston campus are looking a little different this month. Members of UMass Boston’s Police Department are taking part in No-Shave November, growing mustaches and beards to benefit cancer research and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“People look at police officers and they say, ‘What’s going on there?’” said Lt. Paul Arnstein. “We can use that as an opportunity to spread the word. I don’t know anybody that really hasn’t been affected by cancer, so this is our small way of [offering our support], and we’re happy to do it.”
Each participating officer has pledged at least $50 – money which would have gone to razors and shaving cream – and now they are asking the UMass Boston community for their support. You can donate online or in person at police headquarters, located on the first floor of the Quinn Administration Building. The goal is to raise $2,250 for St. Jude.
This is the first time the police department has participated in this particular effort, but three years ago, officers shaved their heads to help security guard John Pelton with his medical expenses.
“We’re out there in the public eye. People see us all the time. We interact with different people all the time. It’s a way to show that we care and we want to be involved in the community,” Sgt. Kristopher Kamborian said.
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