Starting the month of Movember with no facial hair!
01 Nov 2011
Today is the 1st of November, or for me, Movember. For the first time since 1991, I am without facial hair. My head now looks like a bowling ball… but I don’t care. It’s better than living with prostate cancer.
For those of you who know me well, you know I don’t like to shave. I prefer the scruffy look. I like having facial hair. It’s been my look for years. It’s what I am used to. It’s what everyone is used to when they see me. Well, not for the next few weeks.
As described on movember.com:
“During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer. On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.”
My father is a prostate cancer survivor. I drove him to and from his radiation therapy in early 2007. I remember the conversations to and from. He did not like the treatments, or having cancer, but even more, he was worried about me and my brother.
So what can someone do to help people with prostate cancer? Start November off with a clean shaven face. Grow a ‘stache. Sign up at movember.com and get friends and family to donate. At the end of the month, you celebrate with your team of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.
“The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. Together, the two channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.”
Join me in helping to change the face of men’s health. Please donate.