MOvember 2008

Everyone knows that October is Cancer Awareness Month. More specifically, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Pink is everywhere, and there are a handful of events every weekend to raise awareness and funds. I even did the Race for the Cure, despite of my personal lack of breasts or the risk of having cancer in them.

What does this have to do with November? Well, November is all about gentlemen. And as gentlemen, “women first” is a motto that was followed even on occasions such as Cancer Awareness Months.
If you’re picking up what I’m putting down, November is the month to be aware of men’s health risks… specially those of Cancerous nature. And since women’s Cancer month is iconized by Breasts, men’s month is represented by Mustaches.

But wait a minute. Have I been saying November? I meant to say MOvember!
This is no joke, my friends!
Last year, a few friends and I grew Mo’s for fun, and it was a joke of sorts. (you can see my post here, and pictures here).
However, during this Movember (the month formerly known as November) I’m growing a Moustache again. That’s right! I’m bringing the Mo back because I’m passionate about tackling men’s health issues and being proactive in the fight against prostate cancer. And while hairs slowly (very slowly) grown above my lip, I hope to be able to raise some donations for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, which will use the funds for high-impact research to find better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer.
Wanna help? Here’s how!

  1. Click here and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account. Please notice that this is a site run by someone that is not me, and it’s 100% secure and trustworthy.
  2. Play it old school and write a check payable to the ‘Prostate Cancer Foundation’, referencing my Registration Number 1428001 and mailing it to:
    Prostate Cancer Foundation
    Attn: Movember
    1250 Fourth St
    Santa Monica, CA, 90401
  3. Join the Remo team! We are planning an event for the last day of MOvember, where we’ll have contests and lots of fun. We even have a site up, and are working on spreading the word: http://cityofremo.com.

“But Nico, you can’t be serious. How would growing a MO help cure prostate cancer?” Allow me to spark a bit of belief in you, by making you click on this link.

Gentlemen, if you like your prostate, grow a Mo. Ladies, if you like your gentlemen, encourage him to grow a Mo!

If my argument is not good enough, maybe you didn’t know that…

  • Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the US with one in six American men developing the disease and more than 28,000 men dying of the disease every year.
  • African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease and should have regular annual testing starting at 45. All other men should commence testing at 50.
  • Prostate cancer is 90% curable if detected and treated early.

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