A Grand Gesture
Pictured are (left to right) seniors Colin Ahearn, Trent Davis, beard-growing contest winner Rich Hall, and Gabriel Stulce

Even though “No Shave November” is a movement to evoke conversation and raise awareness of cancer in our society, many guys at Baylor may see it as a chance to skip the morning routine, be a little scruffy for a month, or try out a new look. Baylor senior Trent Davis, however, sees it differently following his mother's cancer diagnosis almost a year ago.

Davis began talking with his Harrison Hall dormmates and classmates Colin Ahearn and Gabriel Stulce about reviving the No Shave November event at Baylor, this time with the idea of raising cancer awareness as well as some funds that might help the cause of defeating the disease. 

“My mom has cancer, and I just wanted to do something,” says Davis. “I talked to Colin and Gabriel about helping me and we met a few times and started figuring out what we could do and who we could help.” The trio decided to sell orange rubber wristbands imprinted with “No Shave November,” for $5 each. They also combined their campaign with the beard-growing contest, a Baylor tradition for male students.

“(Associate Dean of Students) Coach (Austin) Clark helped us by moving the spring beard-growing contest to November,” says Ahearn. “He also helped us by getting a prize for the contest. But a lot of people bought the wristbands, even girls, and a lot of faculty members who didn’t grow their beards.”

“When we met with Coach Clark, he made it clear that we weren’t just selling wristbands and making money,” says Stulce. “He told us you want the students to know why you’re raising money and what you’re trying to accomplish. He really stressed the cancer awareness rather than the money. So, we did some research about how the movement got started and what it’s become.”

The group announced the campaign during chapels and assemblies and began selling the wristbands in the dining hall. With each wristband, buyers received a message about the impact of cancer and the need for further research.

“As far as the money goes, we exceeded our expectations by about five times,” smiles Davis. “We were hoping to raise about $200 but we finished with $1,020.” The money will be donated to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, whose mission is to provide support for patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; to raise awareness of preventive measures; and inspire efforts to fund critical research.

The experience has been an important one for the seniors. “It was great seeing how many people at Baylor supported us,” says Stulce. “Since we didn’t know what to expect, we only ordered so many wristbands and we have just a handful left. We even had students from McCallie and GPS buying them.”

“It feels good to give to a cause like this,” agrees Ahearn. “And it’s great to see the Baylor community supporting the cause.”

“Inside us, we all have that desire to do make a difference in the world, and Baylor really encouraged us,” says Davis. “Coach Clark was a big, big help to us, and we felt supported the whole time.”

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