For more than six years, people across the U.S. have ditched the razor and taken a month-long break from heading to the barber or salon in an effort fight cancer.

Many also donate the money they would have spent that month on hair grooming costs to charitable organizations that raise money for cancer research and prevention.

One such organization is the Matthew Hill Foundation, which gives the money it raises during No-Shave November to groups like the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

This year, WBIR 10News morning meteorologist Mike Witcher is letting his luxurious beard grow once again for No-Shave November. While it may look like a patch of scruff right now, past years have shown his beard will grow into giving him a very dignified look!


We've noticed a few other East Tennessee meteorologists are looking a bit scruffy as well and letting their beards grow for No-Shave November, too! If it comes down to a contest for "Best Beard" by the end of November, our votes are squarely on Mike, of course.

In any case, it's all for a good cause! Mike is aiming for his beard raising a $500 donation to the Matthew Hill Foundation by the end of the month, so if you'd like to support him and his soon-to-be-glorious beard in the fight to end cancer -- you can do so by clicking on this link.

Each day, nearly 22,000 people die from cancer worldwide according to the World Health Organization. It's a struggle no one person or family should have to endure, though.

The WHO estimates nearly half of the diagnoses and deaths from cancer are entirely preventable, whether it comes from early detection or promoting changes in lifestyle to stop the onset of some preventable cancers.

People wishing to be like Mike and join in ditching the razor to raising money for No-Shave November can sign up at this link.