Red Oak police officers are putting their razors and shavers under arrest and setting their beards free over the next two months.

The department, once again, is participating in the annual Beard It Up/Color For The Cure campaign to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research.

“Every year since Chief Wolf came to the Red Oak Police Department, the Red Oak Police Department has participated in a cancer fundraising event every October/November to help combat cancer,” Lt. Marc Schroeder said. “Chief Wolf has always believed in making our jobs fun when possible, and this is just a fun twist on a serious issue.”

Female officers are also participating by painting their nails.

Schroeder said officers and other city staff are drawn to the campaign because childhood cancer has affected some of their own families in unimaginable ways.

“The Red Oak Police Department aspires to make a positive contribution to not only the city of Red Oak but our personnel and their families,” Schroeder explained. “Our goal is to improve the lives of our personnel and the community that we serve.”

The department raised a little over a $1,000 last year, surpassing its goal of a $1,000 a year.

The international campaign is organized by The Cure Starts Now cancer research foundation. The non-profit organization was founded in the U.S. in 2007. Regional chapters are spread across the U.S. and in other countries, including Australia, Canada and India.

Although Childhood Cancer Awareness Month occurs in September, the campaign raises funds throughout the year.

A notable Red Oak high school student is also doing her part to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

Anna Day, 17, founded Anna’s Bake Sale Foundation when she was 13 years old after her baby sister Isabella was diagnosed with neuroblastoma — cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. Her foundation, to date, has donated over $40,000 to fund childhood cancer research.

“We are extremely proud of Anna,” her father Tim Day told the Daily Light in September. “She has seen her sister battle cancer and the lack of funding that goes towards research for childhood cancer. Instead of being bitter and resentful, she has decided to try to make a difference by raising awareness and money that will go towards research.”

Log onto annasbakesalefoundation.org to learn more. You may also check out this story on our website at http://www.waxahachietx.com for the link.

To help the Red Oak officers reach or surpass their goal, visit the department’s Facebook page for the link to donate.

“Please consider donating to this worthy cause and start giving these kids hope as they fight the deadliest of cancers. Every bit helps,” the department noted.