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Arab Police to participate in No Shave November with a twist, and the funds will go to a three-year-old girl battling cancer

ARAB, Ala. -- Some Marshall County police officers are participating in No Shave November, but with a twist. For the Arab Police Department, the proceeds are going to one of the smallest people those officers swore to protect and serve.

Every day Arab Police officers go out to do what they swore they would do -- protect and serve. Starting in October they'll be bringing a new meaning to that oath. "The whole point of it is to bring awareness to cancer," Chief Ed Ralston says.

Ralston is allowing his officers to participate in No Shave November, but with a twist. "We are starting October 1. We've had some of the guys raise the money or bring it to us already," Ralston says. The initiative will run through December.

The officers have to donate $40 to participate, either of their own money or by raising it.

All of the funds will go straight to one of Arab's smallest citizens. "She is three years old. She's going through cancer now. She's got a year left in her treatment, she's going through chemo as we speak," Ralston says.

The department heard about Gracie, and is going to give all of the money raised by the participating officers to her family for her medical expenses. "We're excited to be able to help her, and to bring awareness to it," Ralston says.

That brings a new meaning to protect and serve. "This is a little bit different protecting and serving," Ralston says, "If we can do anything to make her life better, help her family out, and bring awareness to cancer, it brings joy to all of us. We've received so much from the community, this is one way we can give back to at least one specific person."

Other Marshall County agencies also plan to participate in No Shave November, and will donate funds to different entities.