MOving On

MOving On.

No, not from the election. From October to November.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted. I know I was going to post daily updates on my Beards for Breast Cancer progress, but I’ve been busy at work with preparations for the election.

The work involved with special projects on very defined deadlines, like elections, always consume my waking hours. I still made time to support my chosen charities, but just didn’t have the energy to tell you all about them.

So consider this my final, belated Beards for Breast Cancer post. Here is the final pic of this years beard:

Beards for Breast Cancer - Final Shot 2012

Although October is the month where we see pink everywhere and men silently grow out their beards in a show of unity and support I urge you to support cancer research year round. Cancer is an equal opportunity foe that doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, conservative or liberal, man or woman. Beards for Breast Cancer takes donations year round as does any cancer research organization.

Now we come to November ~which we shall call MOvember from here on out~

I remember sitting at a bar last year (isn’t that where all the great ideas come from?) talking with friends about why there wasn’t a month dedicated to men’s cancer research. Yes, I know men also get breast cancer, but they are noticeably reduced to support roles in October. We laughed about it and decided nobody wanted to walk around for a month wearing a shit brown colored ribbon.

Even though we joked about how to bring attention to the cause, men’s cancer is a deadly serious topic.

By the very design of our bodies, prostate cancer and testicular cancer are killers solely of men. According to the Centers for Disease Control in 2008 214,633 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 28,471 men in the United States died from prostate cancer. . The American Cancer Society estimates that about 8,590 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed and about 360 men will die of testicular cancer each year.

This year I learned of a MOvement called MOvember. What better way to bring attention to men’s health than by growing the most manly of all facial hairs? Men around the world are growing out their moustaches to raise awareness about these issues and raise money to help cure the diseases that indiscriminately kill our fathers, sons, and friends.

In Indianapolis our chapter has several great events planned to celebrate MOvember with our local MoBros and MOSistas and it all kicked off on Movember First with a shaving party at Red’s Classic Barbershop followed by the tapping of a special MOvember brew called Stiff Upper Lip at Sun King Brewing. Thanks to my co crew members over at DoItIndy you can see my grizzly beard become a fashionable Mo in the video below:

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While I’m not going to post daily updates on the Mo, I will check in from time to time this month and urge you to donate to my team to help promote men’s health. Go here. Donate Now. 

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