WYCKOFF, N.J. – Following a month of growing out their beards to help a local 9-year-old girl raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer, razors have touched the faces of Wyckoff police officers once again.
Members of the Wyckoff PBA shaved their beards this month, after spending October growing their facial hair for their “Beards for Becca” campaign.
They were helping Rebecca, also known as Becca Boo, raise money for Tackle Kids Cancer. The initiative is based out of the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center, where Rebecca received her cancer treatment.
“I want to thank all of the Wyckoff community and especially PBA President Kevin Pinches as well as all of my officers in the department for coming together and supporting such a great cause,” Wyckoff Police Chief David Murphy said. “Through the growing of beards, we hope we have raised enough money and awareness for Becca to help her and other kids tackle kids cancer. It was truly a great honor to be part of this.”
Pinches said the officers really enjoyed taking part in the campaign. The PBA will be donating $2,500 to Tackle Kids Cancer, he said, and officers helped raise another $500 from friends, family and community members to go toward the cause.
Pinches said the PBA was grateful to Murphy for allowing the officers to run with the idea.
“We would also like to thank the Wyckoff community for supporting us throughout the campaign. We would especially like to thank Becca, a brave 9-year-old girl who continues to inspire us,” Pinches said.
The officers shaved their beards, but left their mustaches.
They are currently participating in “Movember” and donning mustaches during November to help raise awareness and funds for men’s prostate cancer and other cancers.