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Friday, November 5, 2010
Nick Swisher puts face forward for 'Movember'



Wednesday afternoon, Nick Swisher donated his face to science.

The Yankees outfielder sat for the first straight-razor shave of his life, at The Art of Shaving in Glendale, Calif. For the remainder of the month, Swisher's face will become an ever-changing billboard for the men's health charity Movember, which raises awareness and research funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong.

Started by a group of friends in Australia in 2003, Movember asks men to go clean-shaven on Nov. 1 and then sacrifice their faces by growing mustaches ("mo's" in Aussie-speak) for the remainder of the month to raise awareness of men's cancers by starting a conversation sparked by their 'staches.

This isn't the first time Swisher has sacrificed his face for a cause. He once dyed his goatee pink on Mother's Day to raise awareness of breast cancer and blue on Father's Day for prostate cancer. In 2007, he grew his hair for nearly a year before cutting and donating it to a charity that makes wigs for women going through chemotherapy.

"I lost my grandmother in 2005 and my mom is currently going through leukemia," says Swisher, who has his grandmother's initials, BLS, tattooed over his heart. "So when someone says cancer, I come running. Everyone knows someone -- a friend, relative, coworker -- who's dealt with cancer. For me, it hits close to home, so I'm so excited to be a part of Movember."