The Lower Township Police Department, along with many other agencies across the county, will be participating in “No-Shave November.”
One of the goals of “No-Shave November” is to raise cancer awareness by embracing our hair (which many cancer patients lose), and letting it grow wild and free. Another goal is to use the money you typically would spend on shaving and grooming, to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.
All proceeds of this event will be donated to Braden Brojakowski and Jamie Miller.
Braden is 15-year-old sophomore at Lower Cape May Regional High School. He is a member of the Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse teams at L.C.M.R.H.S., and plays for the local Cape Express traveling soccer team. On August 11, 2020, Braden Brojakowski was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer). While dealing with all that comes with a cancer diagnosis, especially at this age, his family is proud of the fighting attitude that has emerged.
Braden has a big fight ahead. He started chemotherapy treatments at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on September 10, 2020. These treatments will continue for 10 weeks. LSS (limb saving surgery) will then be performed to remove the cancer from his left hip and femur, followed by more chemotherapy. As cancer is not a definition of a person, it has illuminated the pureness of this young man’s heart and intention that his story revolves around kindness. This 15-year-old cancer fighter has decided to focus his mental energy on giving back and helping others.
Braden is the son of Thomas and Amanda (Flynn) Brojakowski and the younger brother to his sister, Eden, a freshman at Ramapo College. The support from family, friends and the community has and will continue to be instrumental in Braden’s Battle.
Jamie Miller is a 36-year-old woman who was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It started with a pain in her right breast, but after her breast cancer gene (BRCA) positive results a few years ago, Jamie knew to take it seriously. After weeks of doctor’s appointments, scans, tests and unknowns, Jamie and her husband Ron were devastated by her diagnosis of grade 3, triple negative ductal breast cancer. Since her diagnosis on July 21, 2020, Jamie's warrior spirit is shining through.
Jamie and Ron always wanted to have children. However, with her diagnosis, their timeline is delayed. Through persistence and love in their hearts, they have undergone egg retrieval to embryo storage in a short window of time. An emphasis was placed on time knowing what Jamie was about to endure – chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. On September 15, 2020, Jamie completed her first chemotherapy treatment. Pending treatments followed by a double mastectomy, Jamie and Ron have a long road ahead in their battle to crush breast cancer. At every step, they keep God in their hearts and minds, remembering, "This too shall pass."
Jamie is both a graduate of Wildwood High School and Rowan University. She is a treasury sales account manager with Citi Bank. Her husband is Corporal Ronald Miller who is a member of the Middle Township Police Department. Ron is a 15-year veteran, who is currently assigned to both the Patrol Division and the Cape May County SWAT Team as a long-standing operator.
So, please do not be shocked when you see one of your local officers sporting a beard, goatee or longer than usual hair length, it is all for a great cause! If anyone would like to donate to this worthy cause, we will also be collecting donations through November 30, 2020. All money collected will go directly to the Miller and Brojakowski families. Checks can be made out to the Lower Township Police Officer’s Association with “No-Shave” in the memo. These donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Lower Township Police Department at 405 Breakwater Road, Erma, NJ 08204. For more information about the program, please visit their website at https://no-shave.org/.
Lower Township Police Department
405 Breakwater Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204