CCSO mem­bers grow­ing beards for good cause

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— Novem­ber is here, which means Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice mem­bers will, once again, face off in the agency’s an­nual beard-grow­ing con­test aimed at rais­ing money for a des­ig­nated cause.

Last year’s in­au­gu­ral “No Shave Novem­ber” cam­paign raised more than $5,000 for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, with ev­ery par­tic­i­pat­ing deputy and cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer mak­ing a $40 do­na­tion to gain a month-long ex­clu­sion from the agency’s pol­icy against beards, goa­tees and un­kept mus­taches.

To make that ef­fort pos­si­ble, Sher­iff Scott Adams waived the fa­cial hair pol­icy for Novem­ber 2015 for ev­ery contributor, fully grasp­ing that gen­er­at­ing funds for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety is a wor­thy enough cause to make such ex­cep­tions.

Adams is do­ing like­wise again this Novem­ber, hav­ing deemed this year’s ben­e­fi­ciary — Camp Open Arms — also wor­thy.

A col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and the Univer­sity of Mary­land Depart­ment of Orthopaedics, the camp is ex­clu­sively for chil­dren who have up­per limb ab­nor­mal­i­ties due to birth de­fects or in­juries.

As it turns out, CCSO Dfc. Don­ald Lidy and his wife, An­nette, have an 11-month-old daugh­ter, Rosie, who falls into that cat­e­gory.

Be­cause of a rare ge­netic syn­drome, Rosie was born with one digit on each hand and her arms locked up­ward, ac­cord­ing to her fa­ther. Con­tin­u­ing phys­i­cal ther­apy has en­abled the girl to lower her arms some, he said. Rosie has been un­der the care of pe­di­atric or­thopaedist Dr. Josh Abzug, the camp’s founder and di­rec­tor, since birth, he added.

Rosie was able to at­tend the camp in Monk­ton in Au­gust, along with her sib­lings. The

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camp runs on do­nated funds.

“It pro­vides the chil­dren with a pos­i­tive, care­free camp ex­pe­ri­ence,” Lidy said, adding that it also al­lows the par­ents of chil­dren with limb de­fi­cien­cies to in­ter­act and re­late to one an­other be­cause of their com­mon bond.

The camp’s mis­sion is to pro­vide a fun yet chal­leng­ing three­day camp ex­pe­ri­ence for those chil­dren, with the goals of help­ing them gain strength, courage, and de­ter­mi­na­tion while building bonds with other chil­dren and fam­i­lies just like them. The sum­mer camp of­fers ex­pe­ri­ences like na­ture hikes, tree swings and arts & crafts.

Be­cause of their con­nec­tion to Lidy, this year’s No Shave Novem­ber is more per­sonal for the deputies than last year’s cam­paign.

“It’s an­other good cause, just like the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, but this hits closer to home be­cause we know some­one who had ben­e­fit­ted from it,” ex­plained CCSO Dfc. Joshua Brewer, who is as­signed to the agency’s K9 Unit.

Cpl. Mike Rea, a cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer, agreed, adding, “It makes it even more mean­ing­ful for us.”

In pro­mot­ing the char­ity ef­fort on the agency’s Face­book page, Sgt. Michael Kalin­sky, re­ferred to Rosie and posted, “Her fa­ther’s part­ners at the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice would like to give more kids across Mary­land the same op­por­tu­nity that Rosie and the Lidys had, and (they) are go­ing to do­nate the money they raise from their NoShave Novem­ber project to Camp Open Arms.”

Kalin­sky de­scribed Lidy as “hum­ble man” and re­ported that Lidy and his wife are hum­bled by CCSO mem­bers sup­port­ing Camp Open Arms.

Ap­prox­i­mately 45 deputies and cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers are par­tic­i­pat­ing, Kalin­sky re­ported. In ad­di­tion to do­nat­ing the $ 40 each paid to ob­tain the month- long “re­strain­ing or­der” against their ra­zors, most have posted their “be­fore” shots on the agency’s Face­book page and plan to post “progress” photos through­out the month, in hopes of in­spir­ing peo­ple to make con­tri­bu­tions to Camp Open Arms in their names.

So, yes, the deputies and cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers are com­pet­ing for brag­ging rights — whether it be for gen­er­at­ing the high­est sum of do­na­tions for Camp Open Arms or, much more sub­jec­tively, for grow­ing the thick­est, best- look­ing beard.

As with any friendly com­pe­ti­tion, there will be some play­ful rib­bing, which has al­ready started.

“They call you De­tec­tive Baby Face,” Brewer teased Det. Tyler Price on Tues­day, dur­ing a photo ses­sion for the “be­fore” shot.

Grin­ning and blush­ing, Tyler ac­knowl­edged, “I have dif­fi­culty grow­ing a beard. I may get two or three hairs go­ing.”

“I’v seen worse,” Brewer re­sponded en­cour­ag­ingly.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CARL HAMIL­TON

From left, Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers Dfc. Clay Chaney, Dfc. Sam Burton and Cpl. Mike Rea smile in their “be­fore” shot taken Tues­day — day one of the month-long, char­ity beard-grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion known as No Shave Novem­ber.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LAURA WIGHT

Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Dfc. Don­ald Lidy and his wife, An­nette, hold their 11-month-old daugh­ter, Rosie, who was born with one digit on each hand and her arms locked up­ward, due to a rare ge­netic syn­drome. In Au­gust, the Lidys at­tended a camp for young­sters with limb de­fi­cien­cies, and it will be the ben­e­fi­ciary of CCSO’s cur­rent No Shave Novem­ber fundrais­ing event.

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