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Beards for Hope Fundraiser Going Nationwide

  • October 22 2014

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    Beards for Hope Fundraiser Going Nationwide
    Beards for Hope is a successful community fundraiser that will be a nation-wide fundraiser for the first time in 2014. All proceeds benefit Free to Breathe research programs.

    Since losing his mother Laurie to lung cancer in 2010, Andy Spence has made a huge impact on the lung cancer community in a rather unconventional way – by asking men to put down their razors.

    When Laurie passed away after her long battle with the disease, Andy knew he’d miss the woman who had been a guiding force within their family. Andy describes his mother as a devoted wife and mom to three children who never missed a single one of their sporting events. While remaining an active member of her community, as well as an avid reader, Laurie always found time to create special memories with the ones she loved most, especially around the holidays.

    “Nothing captured her time, energy and imagination like the holiday season. Christmas was her shining moment. The day Thanksgiving decorations went down the Christmas decorations went up – and then continued to go up for another week. She didn’t stop until our house rivaled a department store,” Andy recalls.

    Andy realized how challenging that first Christmas without Laurie would be for himself and the rest of his family. As December approached, he determined it would be better to embrace his loss rather than stagger through the holiday season.

    Channeling his sadness into action, Andy decided to start a fundraiser titled Beards for Hope. Beards for Hope is a four-week beard-growing contest. The concept is simple. You just have to stop shaving and fundraise.

    In the first year, Andy had no idea what to expect. “We would have been happy if we had raised $500.” He never could have foreseen Beards for Hope drawing in over 30 growers and a large group of supporters, which ultimately raised over $7,000. This number grew to over $20,000 throughout the following year. Since its inception, the campaign has resulted in over $54,000 raised to support lung cancer research!

    There’s no doubt that community fundraisers like these help make it possible for Free to Breathe to begin funding significantly larger grants focused on stopping the metastasis of lung cancer. The outcomes from the Beards for Hope campaign are astounding, and Andy is excited to see this event growing from a local Minneapolis fundraiser to a nationwide effort beginning in 2014.

    Get involved with this year’s Beards for Hope event! Help us take this fundraiser to the next level! All proceeds associated with the 2014 event will benefit lung cancer research.

    Register Today! Registration closes November 2, 2014. 

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