I contacted Brian and received permission to post about a cause near and dear to my heart…cure and prevention of “men’s cancers – specifically prostate cancer.
October is breast cancer awareness month, and a lot of media attention is placed on this worthy cause. However, little fanfare is made regarding the month of November…where the focus is on prostate cancer awareness and cure.
I participate in Movember - not sure how much you all are aware of this, but basically it's a month-long fundraiser whereby I grow a moustache to raise funds and awareness for men's health. Specifically, I am working to find cures and prevention for "men's cancers". My goal is to (1) raise funds for research, and (2) raise awareness of this aggressive and deadly disease.
Now the emotional part...the reason I got into this is in regards to my dad. I posted a comment a while back regarding his health and got a lot of MGoBlog sympathy and support. This is why I am reaching out to you all for help.
More than ten years ago, my dad was diagnosed with colorectal and prostate cancer. This aggressive disease required a partial colon removal, prostate removal, and during the surgery they discovered his bladder was compromised as well. As a result, he now has a colostomy and urostomy.
This, in itself, is enough for me to want to stamp out this terrible disease. However, over the past 10+ years, he has had more than 15 surgeries both for recurrences of the disease as well as complications. A "complication" even resulted in him having to have a kidney removed due to a severe infection caused by his urostomy.
On a "selfish" note - I also know that due to genetics, I have a higher probability of contracting this destructive disease myself. So my cause is both for my dad, and for myself as well as my two brothers.
I am hoping folks in the MGoBlog community will join the MGoBlog Movember team I’ve created. I am also hoping that we can periodically publish updates throughout the month, including photos of your awesome ‘staches.
I think this can both be a fun and effective way to get the MGoBlog community involved in a great cause. I can forsee Friday Moustache PosBang threads with updated pictures throughout the month (minus the PosBangs LOL).
The committment is minimal, as all anyone needs to do to show support is grow a moustache throughout November...and if you wish to collect donations, that's even better. All donations can be handled straight through the team websites so no cash handling is even required.
Please take a moment to consider my "story" and idea, and let me know if you guys would be able to help in some way. Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated! I know, I know...TL;DR...but I hope you did.
If you'd like to check out the team site already built, please visit: http://moteam.co/mogoblue
Thank you all in advance!
EDIT: This runs through the month of November...so you start Nov. 1 with a clean-shaven face and keep a 'stache throughout the month.