The Andover Police Department raised approximately $6,500 for cancer research this November. 

Andover Police participated in No-Shave November in an attempt to raise awareness for men's cancer and fundraise, according to Lt. Chad Cooper. It is the second year the department has held a No Shave November fundraiser — last year they raised over $11,000.

"Hopefully this will be a long-lasting tradition of the police department," Cooper wrote in an email. 

The department worked with no-shave.org, a non profit organization that seeks to raise awareness about cancer during the month of November by having participants forgo shaving and grow out their facial hair. Donations were made only online by residents in support of the Andover Police Department's fundraiser.

"We also chose this charity site as they split proceeds equally between some incredible organizations, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital," Cooper wrote. "However, next year we may choose a different charitable site."

"Ultimately, I believe many officers, myself included, just want to do something good for people, especially this time of year," Cooper added. "Cancer has affected so many of us on a personal level that getting officers to grow an itchy beard, and fundraise was an easy thing to do."

Follow Kelsey Bode on Twitter @Kelsey_Bode.

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