That’s right, this is the month where some pretty awesome guys I know (and many I’ve yet to know) start with a clean shaven slate on November (or should I say Movember) 1st and stop shaving until the month ends, growing some of the kinds of mustaches only a mother (or a cell mate) could love and why? Because some free thinking Australian guys a few years back got together and thought it might be a cool way to help raise awareness for men’s health issues, especially prostrate and testicular cancer.
I could write a speech about it, but it doesn’t make sense when the heart of it is right here in this video, so watch it and then read on…
When Adam said it was a grass roots movement, he wasn’t kidding. Since their first fundraiser in 2004 where they raised, what was it…$54,000? It has grown exponentially (a whole hellofa lot) to nearly 2 million participants and almost $3,000,000 raised globally (USD and I stand beautifully corrected in a comment below :). Pretty cool, huh?
Why am I writing about it? First, because The C Card and Me isn’t just about me or my cancer or any particular cancer on any particular body, male or female. It is about you and me and anyone on this planet who is affected by cancer. It’s about making people aware, not just that it is lurking about, but how to detect it, prevent it and if it comes to it, how to face the lil fucker head on, and I fully support any person or organization who attempts to do the same.
I’ll tell you right now (and I’m cringing as I say this), I hate mustaches. Well, okay, that’s a bit of an overstatement (not really). How ’bout I have an extreme aversion to them. I know, one of my favorite friends on the planet sports one. A handlebar in fact and I loooove him. I’m just not a fan of mustaches of any kind. Never have been, but if any of the men in my life wanted to grow one for this cause I’d wince and then hug him and say “hell yes, go for it~”
I can’t tell you how proud I am of these guys for doing this, for getting out there and putting their faces on display for all of facebook and the world to monitor their Mo-growin progress.
I knew Scott was doing it last year, but I was too caught up in my own stuff and missed the deadline to donate, so I marked it on my calendar (not that I needed to. I was raised Catholic, so my guilt-ometer just pinged throughout the year every time I saw a mustache) and when I saw Scott post his link this year, I clicked and donated for last year and this (haaaa guilt lifted~).
So, where does the money go to?
Like Adam said, this isn’t just for guys. If you’re a gal (or like my friend Brad who considers his attempt at growing a Mo an “epic fail”) then your support is definitely welcomed and needed (though I don’t know if they make Mo Sista Tee’s big enough for big leaguer Brad…).
So, if you haven’t watched the intro video above yet, do and if you don’t already have someone involved in this year’s, then how about considering supporting one of these fine gentlemen?
To add to that, I’ll dub myself an honorary Mo-Sista this year and up my efforts by pledging $1 for every book sold on Amazon.com this month. The book is still new and just sprouting its roots, so no promises that it’ll be a big month this year, but whatever it is, no matter what the size, I will share it with the Mo’s~