I’m Trying to Raise $500 for Movember in Honor of My Father—Will You Give $10?

On November 1, men across North America will wake up and shave their faces like they normally do, but some won’t shave their upper lip again for another 30 days. I’ll be one of them, despite this horrific image:

George Scoville beard

This was my April 2012 attempt at a hockey playoff beard.

The Movember charity movement carries special significance for me because my father was diagnosed with and received treatment for prostate cancer just over a decade ago. He has been cancer-free since, thanks to the treatments that were available to him. So I would like to raise $500 for Movember this year, and I would like you, dear readers, to help out with $10 donations. To kick things off, I made a $50 donation myself.

Each year during the month of November, men like me grow out their mustache to raise awareness about men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer, and to raise money for organizations doing work to develop life-saving treatments. It’s a goofy awareness campaign, but it’s effective because, like Susan G. Komen’s “pink” branding partnerships, growing a mustache gives you (and people not accustomed to seeing you with one) a daily reminder of the cause.

To that end, I’ve got a page set up at the Movember website, where you can donate money securely to the cause. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

One of the more unique aspects about the Movember campaign is that, after spending the month of October on the Hockey Fights Cancer fundraising and awareness campaign, many NHLers and franchises participate in Movember. That includes my Nashville Predators:

You can join the Nashville Predators’ Movember fundraising team here, or donate securely right from their profile page.

So kick in your $10, grow your mo’, and share this post to help me raise money!

photo by: Cherry Cyanide