Last Day of MOvember

Photo by Emme Rogers
Photo by Emme Rogers

Sad, but true, today is the last day of Movember. Interestingly enough it ends on a MO-nday

That’s right folks for all of you that have been squeamish about the furry lip faces walking around the city can begin to rejoice! But let us not all rejoice just yet. If you haven’t donated yet to this cause, please do so now. All proceeds that are raised during this long month fundraiser will go to Prostate Cancer Canada.

I’ve been proud to participate in this event and proud to show off my MO’s progress this past month. I’ll be sad to see it go, but before everyone rejoices that I will no longer have the MO, I will again grow my goatee 🙂

I like to personally thank everyone that has donated to me. Without your help our Twi’stache Vancouver team would not have been as successful.

The MO – 27 Days Later

Mo - Day 27 Yes folks, the MO is now 27 days old. 27 days of growing facial hair from scratch (ignore the fact that I had a goatee and shaved it all off).

This has been an amazing month of Movember. I’ve had so much fun participating in this great cause to raise awareness for men’s prostate cancer.

Alas last night I couldn’t attend the Movember Gala party at Fortune Sound Club since my back gave out earlier in the day and I couldn’t handle much of the pain. I was paying attention online and watching the Twitter stream come in from fellow Mo Bro’s that were in attendance. I was so surprised when John Biehler dropped by the event with a donation cheque of $5,000 courtesy of his LG Charity win from earlier that evening.

The Twi’stache Vancouver Movember team is greatly appreciative of him for thinking of us. LG we thank you as well for giving the money to a great cause, you truly are living up to “Life’s Good” motto!

It’s still not too late to donate to our cause and all donations go to Prostate Cancer Canada.

Movember – Final Week

As the new Michael Jackson movie states, This Is It. This is the final week of Movember. This is the last week where men from around the world all joined together and grew mustaches (or mo’s as it is know in Australia where the Movember cause originated back in 2003). Globally Canada ranks second next to Australia on the donation scale where we have raised over $4.2 million so far.

I’d like to personally thank all those who have donated to me so far, so if you haven’t please do so today. All the proceeds of this lovely MO are going to Prostate Cancer Canada.

Some short facts about prostate cancer:

  • 25,500 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone (2009).
  • 4,400 men will die of the disease this year.*
  • During his lifetime, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with the disease.
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to afflict Canadian men.
  • Rates of prostate cancer in men are comparable to rates of breast cancer in women.
  • The incidence of prostate cancer is increasing due to the aging of the population.
  • Over 90% of prostate cancer cases are curable if detected and treated in their earliest stages.
  • The disease is a far greater threat for those with a family history of prostate cancer.
  • Prostate cancer is turning up in men in their 40s.
  • Prostate cancer develops as a result of dietary, environmental and heredity factors but more research is needed to identify its causes and prevent the disease.
  • The disease has no symptoms in its earliest, most curable stage – so if you are 40 years old, we recommend you talk to your doctor about a prostate examination, including a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test.
  • Side effects – even of successful treatment – may include incontinence, impotence and changes in bowel habits.
  • Prostate cancer is often slow growing: in some patients, close monitoring may be sufficient treatment. Others, with more aggressive disease, warrant radical treatment with surgery or radiation. The latter treatments are sometimes combined with hormonal therapy.
  • Thought to be a potentially preventable cancer in many cases, but more research is needed and government support for this research is inadequate.
  • * Source: Canadian Cancer Society

I’ll leave you with an awesome video written by Tanya Roberts of Bluefinch Creative and produced by Greg Meeres of Boldfish Video Production on the Movember cause!

EDIT: A good friend Tris Hussey is auctioning off dress rehearsal tickets to the Vancouver Opera’s Norma before Blogger Night this Saturday. Please leave a comment on his blog and he’ll donate 100% to one of us Movember players.  Happy bidding.

Movember – Day 11 of the MO

It’s hard to believe that 11 days ago I shaved off my goatee and became clean shaven after 15 plus years of having a goatee. Of course that didn’t last for long as that was the first day of my 30 day journey of growing a mustache or “MO” all in support of Movember, a charity drive to raise awareness for men’s prostate cancer.

I think my MO is coming in nicely and I’m getting excited to seeing the end result on the 30th of this month.

You can still help by donating to my Movember cause. As the video states, every bit helps. Think about doing without that latte today and donate. Maybe I should offer the highest bidder to shave off my MO at the end of the 30 days or have them decided if I should keep it or not? At any rate, if you don’t donate,  you won’t get a chance to decide.

For more information on prostate cancer, please visit the Prostate Cancer Canada‘s website.

Goodbye Goatee, Hello Mo

Naked

Today marks the day that I begin a 30 day process of growing a mustache. Grow a mustache you say? Don’t you already have a goatee? Yes, but today I have shaved off the goatee, completely gone folks, and I begin to grow a mustache in support of Movember.

What is Movember? Movember is an annual month long celebration of the mustache or “MO”. This full month we grow our mustache in support of men’s health issues – specifically prostate cancer.

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia.  The guys behind it joked about 80s fashion and decided it was time to bring the moustache back.  In order to justify their Mos (Australian slang for moustache), they used their new looks to raise money for prostate cancer research… never dreaming that facial hair would ultimately lead to a global movement that would get men talking about a taboo subject – their health.

I’ll be participating with in a team called Twi’stache Vancouver comprising of some great Vancouver men and women (yes women can participate too but garnering support for the cause – no female mo’s needed). You can donate to my cause and help me raise some funds for the Canadian Prostate Cancer.

I don’t have any specific goal, but any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. I’ll update you throughout the month and show you how my MO is doing. I must admit I haven’t been clean shaven in over 15 years and this is a shock … for now. I’m hoping to grow a nice handle-bar mustache as shown in this preview photo I took today.

Handle-bar Mo Preview

My goatee used to hide my double chin, alas my double chin will be in full view for a month to come.