The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be participating in No-Shave/Nail Polish November to financially support and promote the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. NDHP Colonel Brandon Solberg granted a month-long exemption to the dress code policy to participants, which allows female troopers to paint their fingernails and male troopers to grow beards or goatees.
Sergeant Adam Dvorak and Trooper Brandon Wade organized the event. Dvorak stated, “We all know someone who has been affected by cancer and by growing a beard or painting fingernails, the public will notice we look a little different.” Wade added, “Hopefully this will be a conversation starter and allow us to talk about those we love who have battled cancer as well as give us a chance to hear stories from the public.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened in 1962 and was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, because the organization believes the only thing a family should worry about is helping their child live. Many NDHP Troopers have family members and friends diagnosed with cancer and decided to contribute all funds raised to St. Jude’s for their commitment to research, treatment, and support of families.
Throughout the month, photos and personal stories of troopers will be shared on the NDHP social media platforms. To learn more and participate alongside current NDHP Troopers, visit: https://www.nd.gov/ndhp/safety-and-education/november.