Join the MOVEMBER Movement for Men's Health Awareness
Have you heard about Movember? Each year in the month of November, thousands of men (and the people who love them) around the US and the world choose to 'grow a Mo' - as in, moustache - to raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues - specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
This unofficial army of health care activists go by the moniker of "Mo Bros" or "Mo Sistas," and effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
This year our very own Medical Director, Robert Winn, MD, has signed on as an official spokesperson for the Movember movement. "It's certainly a cause that I feel strongly about," Dr. Winn says, "and as a health care provider, I have the opportunity to raise awareness and start conversations with people about these important issues every day."
Anyone interested in participating can register at: www.movember.com. They start the month clean shaven - then proceed to let things grow, as they groom, trim, and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts. At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.
In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising $126.3 million USD.
Through its annual campaign and funded programs, the Movember program aims to significantly increase the understanding of the health risk that men face, and encourage men to act on that knowledge. The organization funds survivorship initiatives that provide information and support for men and their families affected by prostate and other male cancers that helps them make informed decisions and improves their quality of life. In addition, they fund catalytic research and clinical trials infrastructure that leads to significantly improved diagnostic and prognostic tests and treatments to reduce the burden of prostate cancer.
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.