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Why News 3 This Morning anchor Kevin Hunsperger did 'No Shave November'

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WSIL -- Some viewers may have noticed that I (Kevin Hunsperger) had more facial hair than usual during the month of November. That's because I decided for the first time in my 20 year career as a journalist to participate in 'No Shave November.' 

For those who don't know what that means, let me explain. Each November men are encouraged to stop shaving and donate the money spent on grooming and facial hair maintenance to cancer charities. This year I teamed up with the official "No Shave November" group who runs the fundraiser and distributes the money collected to three different groups; Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

After going three or four days without shaving people really started to take notice. I had announced my intentions on air and on social media, but people who hadn't seen those posts questioned what was going on. At times, the comments were negative, but as I mentioned, 20 years in the business, I can deal with it. I explained I was participating in "No Shave November" and that it was a fundraiser for cancer research.

The reason I chose 2017 to do this is quite simple. Just over a year ago my mom was diagnosed for a second time with bladder cancer. She underwent intense chemotherapy and earlier this year had her bladder removed. Knock on wood, she is doing well nearly a year after that surgery. But I did "No Shave November" for more than just my mom. Over the past couple of years, I have lost five friends from high school, college and here at WSIL to cancer. All of them were younger than me. Not to mention the aunts, uncles and grandmother who died from cancer in my lifetime.

I understand some didn't like the look. It took me some time to get used to as well. But I didn't do it to be hip and grow a beard. I did it to serve as a reminder to get screened for cancer and to honor those who have died from this disease. My hope is that one day the efforts of those who went without shaving in November will pay off.

Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way, either with your kind words or a donation.

KH

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