Parker officers let whiskers spread message

No Shave November encourages dialogue on men's health

Posted 11/19/17

“If something doesn't feel right, go get it checked out.” That's the advice of Parker detective Trevor Nevins, who battled and won against testicular cancer back in 2009. Nevins is participating …

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Parker officers let whiskers spread message

No Shave November encourages dialogue on men's health

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“If something doesn't feel right, go get it checked out.”

That's the advice of Parker detective Trevor Nevins, who battled and won against testicular cancer back in 2009. Nevins is participating in “Movember” in an effort to raise awareness for mens health, and the need to get checked early if you believe something is wrong.

“When you hear that C word, it's a harsh slap of reality. My grandparents were affected by cancer, it was a death sentence for my grandmother,” said Nevins, who credits early detection with his positive cancer outcome.

No Shave November is a growing movement that encourages men to open the lines of conversation about men's health issues, including testicular and prostate cancer. Forgoing facial grooming is meant to be a conversation starter. Policy throughout the year on facial hair varies depending on the role of the officer, but typically allows only a well-trimmed mustache.

Chief David King has supported his officers by dismissing the policy for the month of November.

Nevin has never grown a beard, and as the month goes on, he said his two young children are not too keen on his new look.

“They want nothing to do with me as far as a kiss good night. They prefer a hug,” he said.

Detective Tyler Herman has historically served in positions that prohibit facial hair, and said this month is the longest in his adult life he's been allowed to grow his beard.

“I'm letting it grow as it comes in naturally,” said Herman. “I have a family history of cancer, and some of my friends have been diagnosed, so I feel it's important to create awareness. As we get older we forget that we may be healthy now, but that doesn't mean it can't happen.”

Parker police officers hope to raise $2,500 through donations, which will be donated to the No Shave November cause. Donations can be made at https://no-shave.org/team/Cops4Awareness.

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