Much like women grow their chests in October for breast cancer awareness, we men grow moustaches in November for prostate and testicular cancer awareness.
I’ve always thought Movember was just a big joke. It seemed like a funny excuse to grow a sub-par ‘stache without being called a hipster for a month. Sure, I knew there was a fundraising aspect, but the magnitude was completely lost on me. As it turns out, the impact is huge. In 2011 alone, 855,203 people participated world-wide raising $126.3 million. It’s the largest non-government funder of prostate cancer in the world. As the owner of a prostate, that’s a pretty big deal to me.
It’s simple if you want in on the action. Register at movember.com and set up a page. This serves as your fundraising home base as well as a source of community comradery for everyone attempting to rock the Ron Swanson. Shave today and then sit back and start growing! Snap an initial picture then add more along the way to bask in the glory of all that follicle goodness.
There’s a whole lot more information and plenty of fun on the Movember homepage, so go sign up and start saving the world. If you need a little more motivation though, here’s a “Call Me Maybe” parody for you. Yes, I thought we were done with them too, but this one is a perfect resurrection of spring’s best jam.
I want more like this!
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