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Local law enforcement growing beards, raising money for local cancer patients

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office and Yreka Police Department are participating this year

Posted: Nov 1, 2019 11:25 AM
Updated: Nov 1, 2019 3:13 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- You'll likely start seeing more bearded police officers this month. Local law enforcement are growing out their beards for "No Shave November." 

The movement started more than a decade ago to help raise awareness for cancer. Some local departments are using the month to raise money for local cancer patients. 

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is participating again this year. Employees who volunteer to participate will each be donating $50.00 for the fight against cancer. Employees are allowed full facial hair for the month of November. 

Last year, the office collected $2,000. It was donated to two young sparrows in the community.

This year the proceeds will be donated locally to a person or family going through cancer. It may also be donated to an organization supporting the fight against cancer. 

Suggestions for recipients of this year's proceeds should be sent in an email to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office at jocosheriff@co.josephine.or.us.

Yreka Police Department is also participating this year. They'll be raising money for Devin Howard.

In Facebook post, the department said Devin was recently diagnosed with a very large, aggressive Synovial Sarcoma tumor is his left thigh. The mass is growing quickly. Devin is set to start an aggressive chemotherapy treatment next week to shrink the tumor. The department says this will help make the surgery to remove the tumor more successful. 

Yreka Police said Devin has a "very long, bumpy road ahead, but in true Howie form, he is ready to fight and combat this battle."

Officers will be accepting donations at the Yreka Police Department at 1400 Fairlane Rd. Donations will be collected all November long. 

The Yreka Police Officers Association will match all donations to Devin. 

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