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Grow An NHL Playoff Beard, Support Pediatric Cancer Research

Apparently the Tampa Bay area has this weird fascination with hair. First there were the Rayshawks in 2008, then there was Evan Longoria and his mullet, and finally Manny Ramirez's time with the Rays encouraged Joe Maddon to tell the Rays to "get hairy" this season. It seems there's always some new hair style going around; I can barely keep up with it all.

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But now, it seems the new "in" hairstyle among Tampa Bay sports teams is going bald. Vincent LecavalierMartin St. Louis, Nate Thompson, and three other Tampa Bay Lightning players recently had their heads shaved to support the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Cut for a Cure Campaign. Rays pitcher Wade Davis joined in as well, raising around $8,500 for the PCF and shaving his head after one of his recent home starts.

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Shaved heads are great, but this campaign has left fans on the outside looking in. Sure, you can donate money to one of the players, but what if you want to raise money yourself while rocking out some awesome hairstyle? Fear no more, the Lightning have just the thing for you: the Tampa Bay Beard-A-Thon.

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The concept is simple: grow a beard while the Bolts are in the playoffs, and raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. You can even post pictures online and other people will vote on which fundraiser is rocking the best beard, so this can turn into a chance to show off your rockin' beard-growing skills. Oh, and if you can't grow a beard for whatever reason, the Lightning have a "build-a-beard" section to help you out.

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If you're a true Bolts fan, you're likely already growing a playoff beard; why not raise some money for a great charity at the same time?

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Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.