MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that members of the Melrose Police Department are participating in No-Shave November in an effort to raise money for the Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation.

Diamond Blackfan Anemia is a rare bone marrow failure syndrome that prevents the production of red blood cells, causing patients to become severely anemic.

A nonprofit organization, DBAF works to advance research initiatives that promote a better understanding of the syndrome and a cure; provide services to patients, their families and medical professionals for improvements in the diagnosis, clinical treatment and management of the disorder; and enhance quality of life for those affected worldwide.

No-Shave November is a month-long endeavor where participants forgo shaving to support, raise awareness and start conversations about worthy causes.

The Melrose Police Department began No-Shave November on Oct. 15 to garner additional interest in their fundraising campaign. Participating officers will pledge at least $75 to grow out their facial hair.

“As in years past, we are committed to raising money for worthy causes, like the Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation,” Chief Lyle said. “This year, officers will work to educate the community about this rare syndrome in hopes of furthering research to find a cure.”

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