I know what some of you are thinking: “I can’t believe the mustache is back.” The rest of you are thinking: “The mustache never left.” Whatever your thoughts are, thanks to Movember, the mustache is here, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon!
The ‘Mo’ (slang for mustache) and the month of November come together each year to create Movember. The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow mustaches during November to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health problems. The ‘Mo Bros’ with their new hairy ribbon of pride become walking, talking billboards of the often ignored issue of men’s health and seek to raise funds to support the work of the Movember Foundation.
However, this movement can be promoted by more than just men. As a personal example, my girlfriend wears a mustache pin the entire month to show her support for me and for the greater cause.
For many men it’s uncommon to speak openly about their health or how they feel. Then when they don’t feel well, they are reluctant to take action and go to the doctor. Did you know men are 24% less likely to go to the doctor compared to women? We can’t live like this any longer! The figures shown below are too staggering for us to ignore:
- One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer for men after skin cancer.
- One new case of prostate cancer occurs every 2.2 minutes, and a man dies from the disease every 17.5 minutes.
- In 2013, over 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed, and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in the US alone.
- Fortunately, if detected and treated early, prostate cancer has a 97% recovery rate.
In Charlotte, we started the “Mo' Mustache, Mo' Money” team in 2011 with 20 members. Since then we have held contests to see who could raise the most money or who could grow the best mustache. We have given away prizes, including a free straight razor shave compliments of a local barber shop. Last year, we even had our first mustache themed bake sale to raise additional money for the foundation. Regardless, we always have an HDR-sponsored party at the end of the month to celebrate, the first of which involved dressing up based on the style of our mustaches.
I admit, when I first asked coworkers and friends to join this movement, it was more about growing out a killer ‘stache. Now, I think about how proud I am that we have raised over $10,000 and had countless conversations to bring awareness to men’s health.
This year I’m excited to announce that we were able to create an HDR Inc. network on the Movember website. This allows us to link all the HDR offices that participate so we can see how much money we raise as a company and encourage a friendly competition among contributing offices. For more information and to follow along with the HDR Inc. network, please visit http://monetwork.co/hdr. I urge you to take some time and look around the website. Maybe you’ll find you want to start a team or join an existing one. At the very least maybe you’ll pick your favorite office and donate to it or at least to your new favorite blogger. That’s me ;)
Now, I challenge you: can your office raise more money than Charlotte’s?
Images 1 and 2 courtesy of the Movember Foundation | Images 3 and 4 courtesy of Charlie Meyer.