You may notice something different with the Cape May County officers this month. They are participating in a No Shave November fundraiser.
The law enforcement and correctional divisions are involved in helping two local families affected by cancer. It is Cape May County's fourth year to participate in the monthly awareness challenge and fundraiser.
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"It's a good visual reminder to the public about what we’re doing," says Knoedler. "They hear about ... No Shave November, but seeing an officer in uniform with a beard ... makes them think about it." Almost 50 officers in the law enforcement division are raising funds for Rich Burrows, a married father of two young children, who is undergoing radiation therapy on Thursday, November 8th. “He’s a 38-year-old father of two [and] he lives in Dennis Township with his wife and his children," says Knoedler. "This was brought to us from one of our officers who’s also a military veteran."
Law enforcement officials are also helping Joy Geller Simmerman, who is battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.
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Capt. Charles Magill, from the corrections division, says a few of the officers are connected to Joy in some way.
“Joy is from Ocean City. She’s married, has three children and she has stage 4 breast cancer," says Magill. "The breast cancer has now moved into the bones in her neck and her arms." The families say they are happy to receive the help and support from the Cape May community.
And for these officers, they get to skip a part of their daily morning routine —for a great cause. “[I'm] a little itchy ... but it's nice," says Richard Baker, corrections officer. "Usually, we have to shave every single day so we wish we could do this every month." Visit gofundme.com/joy039s-breast-cancer-fight or cmcsheriff.net to donate.
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