November is a special month for me. I’ll be growing out my facial hair during the month of November to increase awareness about prostate cancer and raise funds for the Movember Foundation through its MOVE 30-day fitness challenge. My goal is $1,000.
One in 7 brothers, fathers, grandfathers and friends around the world will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. I’ll be growing my moustache for this important cause and even if you can’t grow a ‘mo, you can donate to the cause at my Movember member site. Donations can be made privately – not all contributions are displayed to the public.
Founded in 2003, the Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health. Its MOVE event has raised more than $650 million and funded 1,000 breakthrough men’s health programs in 21 countries.
Through the Movember Foundation’s MOVE initiative in November, funds raised will be invested in prostate and testicular cancer research, mental health programs for boys and men, and physical activity projects that encourage them to be more physically active. One-hundred percent of the funds raised are used to facilitate research and implement the health programs.
The vast majority of men are reluctant to even talk about the diseases and delay seeking medical assistance. Approximately 14 percent of men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives and it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in men. The progression of the disease is relatively slow and men often don’t show any symptoms until the disease is advanced.
While not nearly as common as prostate cancer, the prevalence of testicular cancer has steadily increased in the U.S. over the past 10 years, but when caught early men have a 95 percent survival rate. Unfortunately, many men don’t perform monthly self-exams or see a doctor when they do discover a lump.
You can help make a difference for boys and men throughout the U.S. by going to my Movember page during November 2015 and making a financial contribution to help me reach my goal of $1,000. I’ll be growing a moustache to support the cause and I invite everyone to participate.