Two organizations are trying to get people to grow beards in November to help fight cancer: No-shave.org is affiliated with the American Cancer Society and “Made in Movember”.
According to no-shave.org, “Participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs get mangly, and skipping that waxing appointment. Give back even more by picking up some sweet merchandise to show your support. If you’re not ready to sport a new shaggy look, consider donating anyway to support the cause.”
The press release from Made in Movember is below:
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – (October 28, 2014) – With Movember right around the corner, Americans are marking their calendars to “Shave the Date.” The Movember Foundation, the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health, is getting ready to officially kick off the 2014 campaign on November 1st by engaging men to shave clean and start growing a moustache, and only a moustache, for 30 days. Movember moustaches spark conversations and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
Movember.com has provided some incredible videos at http://us.movember.com/media-room/videos/. The following is an example:
Men and women can join the global movement by signing up at Movember.com. Men will start November 1 – also known as Shave the Date: Movember 1st – clean-shaven and grow only the moustache for 30 days, getting friends, family and colleagues to donate to their moustache-growing efforts. Women can also get involved by recruiting the men in their lives to grow moustaches, donate, fundraise, plan and participate in Movember events. Local Shave the Date events will be held all over the US to kick off the moustache movement.
“Growing just a moustache in Movember symbolizes a commitment to improving the state of men’s health,” said Mark Hedstrom, US Director for Movember. “The Movember community in 2014 will act locally but think globally by raising funds and encouraging those around them to take action and change the world.”
The Movember Foundation also announced this year, the largest ever global investment to improve the quality of life for men living with prostate cancer through the launch of their new program, True NTH. To date, the Movember community of over 4 million men and women in 21 countries has raised over $550 million to date for the purpose of saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
Details about the more than 800 programs that Movember has funded can be found on the funded programs page on Movember.com.
- Prostate Cancer: 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. In the
US, the Movember Foundation funds world-class research and survivorship programs through our Global Action Plan (GAP), the Prostate Cancer Foundation, True NTH, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Through these programs, we are funding first in field, research teams focused on accelerating progress towards the reduction of death and suffering due to recurrent or advanced prostate cancer and programs to support men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer as well as their families and caregivers.
- Testicular Cancer: Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-35
years. For men diagnosed with testicular cancer, we seek to improve their physical and mental health, and reduce mortality. In the US, the Movember Foundation funds have supported our Global Action Plan (GAP) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Cancer Navigation Services.
- Mental Health: Men are 4 times more likely to die by suicide than women. TheMovember Foundation has funded mental health programs in Australia since 2006, New Zealand since 2008, and Canada since 2012.Movember is partnering with the Prevention Institute, to lay the foundation for the mental health initiative that Movember will be funding in the U.S. Movemberis focused on the these key areas in mental health:
- Prevention – men and boys are mentally healthy and take action to remain so
- Early intervention – when men and boys experience mental health problems they take
- Stigma reduction – men and boys with mental health problems are not discriminated
For more information, please visit Movember.com. Connect with Movember on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, flickr, and Pinterest.
Sign up and join the largest men’s health movement at Movember.com
About the Movember Foundation
The Movember Foundation’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. We do this by getting men to grow moustaches during Movember (the month formerly known as November) to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Together with the Movember community we have raised over $550 million, and have funded over 800 world-class programs in 21 countries. We’re committed to changing the face of men’s health and won’t stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues remain.
Movember is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and for the past two years, has been named a Top 100 best NGO by The Global Journal. For more information please visit Movember.com.
Movember is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.