Siobhain Fletcher, an English woman with a medical condition that causes her to grow facial hair, used her ailment for charity by growing and sporting a beard for Movember 2012.
Fletcher, a 36-year-old from Staffordshire, learned about Movember, the annual celebration where men grow facial hair to raise awareness for prostate and other male cancers, from a male friend, ABC News reported. Given she has polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes a hormonal imbalance and excessive hair growth, she decided to participate.
“I pointed out that he had a bit of face fuzz, and asked about it. He told me about ‘Movember,’ and in a spur of the moment decision, I decided to grow mine,” she told ABC News.
But Fletcher didn't stop there. She also set up a profile on the UK edition of Movember's official website and has raised over £1,040. Fletcher said she raised £300 in the last 24 hours since her story gained international attention.
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“It helps people get checked for prostate and testicular cancer, and hopefully people will, instead of going to a funeral, be going to a remission party,” she said.
Fletcher said her efforts in growing a beard for Movember has also shed light on her own polycystic ovary syndrome and, despite some weird stares now and again, has garnered positive feedback.
“To actually go out there, and get out there, you see people still have manners. People may look, but mostly it’s been very positive,” she said. “I think only one negative comment on the whole of the Internet.”