"No Shave November" Reaches New Heights at MRH
Every year, Maplewood Richmond Heights High School’s male faculty and staff participate in “No Shave November” for cancer awareness. Last year, the staff collected $200 to donate to a child oncology unit for a local family in need. This year the men set a new, higher goal with a specific MRH student in mind. A four year old student at MRH Early Childhood Center, Dottie Coriell, was suffering from a form of childhood cancer. The group wanted to raise money for Coriell and her family. Each person that participated in No Shave November (and many who did not participate) donated time, money and gifts.
The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. The goal is to donate the money one would typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.
Many people rallied around Coriell during this trying time, even local Maplewood businesses. Businesses such as Reed’s American Table (restaurant), The Fantasy Shop (comic store) and Climb So Ill (climbing gym) were all able to match the donations in some way. Climb So Ill received word that Coriell loves Spiderman so in turn they donated free passes to the gym under one stipulation, Coriell would have to wear her Spiderman costume so that when she went climbing she could channel her inner Spiderman.
“I am beyond proud of our community, not only the staff at MRH, but the community at large. These local businesses were all willing to chip in a little bit to make a huge difference in this child’s life. It is amazing that a bunch of people, even strangers, wanted to reach out and as a result, had such a tremendous impact on Dottie’s life. The MRH community has shown time and time again what we can do when we put our minds to it.” says John Capuano, Coordinator of Educational Exploration/Apprenticeship.
The staff raised over $600 during this year's No Shave November.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.