My Movember Blues

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I have to be honest, I was not aware that Movember was such a big thing until last year. I think it is great that guys around the globe share in the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers; and associated charities. Since 2003, the “No-Shave November” movement has steadily traveled across the globe. What started between two mustache-loving “mates” in Australia has turned into a worldwide phenomenon and a brilliant way to encourage men’s health.

We are less than I think it is a great idea, but (yes there is a but) I sport my stache all year round. Do I need to shave my stache in October to be part of the Movember movement? Last year, except for one day when one of the baristas at the Starbucks I go to asked if I was sporting a Movember mustache I feel left out.

How can I participate?

To participate in Movember, start with a fresh face at the beginning of the month and “donate your face” until Nov. 30 by not shaving. You’re like a fuzzy billboard for mean’s health issues. You can raise funds, too. Since 2003, The Movember Foundation has helped raise $650 million and fund over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity

To participate in No-Shave November, give up one of your hair grooming practices and donate what you’d normally spend on it toward cancer research.

“Nearly everyone spends some amount of his or her hard-earned money on grooming, whether that’s shaving, waxing, trimming or threading,” according to No-Shave November’s website. “If just for November, those individuals gave that cost (ranging from a few dollars for razors to a $100 salon visit) to a cancer charity instead, friends and family alone could pool together a sizable chunk of change to help cancer patients and their families.”

Are there any other guys out there that sport a all year long Movember? Do you feel the same way? If not and you have been active in Movember, share your story. Leave your comments below.

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