O'Dea High School

Beards for Bros – “Fighting Irish, Fighting Cancer”

The “Beards for Bros” campaign is inspired by past and current members of the O’Dea community who have been affected by cancer. In July 2012, O’Dea student Josh Dickerson lost his battle after a valiant fight against cancer. Throughout his journey, the O’Dea community came together to offer support for he and his family.

In honor of Josh Dickerson, and other adolescents who have battled cancer, the young men at O’Dea come together each year in the month of March and raise money by becoming official “beard growers”. Once a student, or faculty member, has raised at least $100 they can become an official beard grower, a true luxury for the O’Dea gentleman that is expected to keep a clean-shaven face throughout the school year!

In just two years the O’Dea community has raised over $20,000 for this great cause. Proceeds from “Beards for Bros” benefit the Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program.