Around the office I occasionally sport my “rally beard” as we near the end of the month and work to pull in some deals at the 11th hour. My role in all these deals has been small but it has been fun to think that the short term facial hair might have made a difference.

Speaking of making a difference and facial hair….. this year I am participating for the first time in “No-Shave November.” No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. A project of the Matthew Hill Foundation, this year’s campaign will support programs at Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each of these foundations are making great strides in fighting, researching, and preventing cancer.

The Matthew Hill Foundation was formed in 2009 by the eight children of Matthew Hill of Chicago who passed away from colon cancer in November of 2007. Learning this history helped drive me to participate this year. My father, Everett Mundy, also passed away from colon cancer in June of 2003.

So if you are so inclined please visit my fund raising page and learn a little more about the effort. I’d be most grateful if you’d consider a small donation. Regardless, if you’ve just become aware of this great effort though my participation I will have achieved my goal.

Thanks and I wish you a “Happy Hairy November!”