Last year, our team raised over $500 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. This year, our goal is 25 members and $5000 raised. If that happens, I will allow the top donor to shave my mo at the Minneapolis Movember gala on December 3. As you can see in the picture, it was rather impressive.
Note from Bryan: Top fundraiser on the team on Movember 1st (get started now) gets to choose the style of mustache I will grow. You know you want in on that. Minimum fund-raising fo $250 required for this honor.
Movember kicks off its 5th annual worldwide campaign in the US, challenging men across the country to show their support by growing a Mo (slang for moustache) this November. To help support Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, today men and women across the country can raise funds and awareness for men's health by registering at www.Movember.com.
Movember, the month formerly known as November, aims to change the face of men's health by creating a global focus on cancers affecting men. Participation is not only fun, but simple. Once registered, men are challenged to start the month clean-shaven and grow a Mo. The moustache becomes the hairy ribbon for men's health and the guys growing them become a walking billboard for 30 days. The growth of a new Mo inspires conversations about not often talked about topics - men's health and cancer affecting them. Women who register are key to the campaignʼs success. They act as Mo ambassadors, spreading the word and showing their support for menʼs health and the moustache.
"Last year, Movember became a truly global movement," said Adam Garone, CEO and Co-Founder of Movember. "Through the power of the moustache, almost half a million Movember participants raised $174 M, making us the largest non-government funder of prostate cancer research in the world. This success was made possible by the individual efforts of each supporter, and we hope they'll join us this year, as there is still much work to do. With more than 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer expected this year, the need for new collaborative research is more urgent than ever."
Americans embraced the moustache in 2010, with nearly 65,000 participants raising $7.5 million for Movember's US men's health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. With over 1.1 million Movember participants to date, real moustaches are resulting in real outcomes for the cancer community. Movember funds are hard at work- both locally and globally. Working with our men's health partners, Movember helps fund a range of innovative, world-class programs in line with Movember's strategic goals of awareness and education, research, and survivorship.
It's time men face some startling health facts:
- In 2011, more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
- In 2011, more than 33,000 men will die from prostate cancer
- One new prostate cancer case occurs every 2.2 minutes
- A man dies from prostate cancer every 15.6 minutes
- Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men
- The incidence rates are significantly higher in African American men
- Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men
- 97% of prostate cancer cases occur in men age 50 and older
- 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed
- 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, 1 in 3 women will be.
- 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- 48% of testicular cancer cases occur in men between the ages of 20 and 34.
- 1 in 271 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer during their lifetime.
- Men commit suicide four times as often as women.
- An estimated 8.7 million adult men over the age of 20 in the US have diabetes- and a third do not know it.
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34.
- Approximately 50 million men and women in the US have high blood pressure- almost 30 per cent of them do not know it.