Hello friends-

Have you heard of Movember?  It’s a worldwide movement with the basic premise that you (a man) grow a moustache during the month of November to promote prostate cancer awareness.  (Ladies, fear not, you can sign up as a Mo Sista in support of the moustache growers in your life.)  Essentially, the following analogy holds true:

moustache : prostate cancer
pink riboon : breast cancer

Here’s a bit more detail from the Movember website:

“Movember is about raising funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically cancer affecting men, because:

· 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime, 1 in 3 women will be
· A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer
· 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime
· A man dies of prostate cancer every 16 minutes

It’s time we did something about this.”

I had heard of Movember, but didn’t really know what it was about until I spent last weekend in Canada.  It’s being heavily promoted up north by the likes of Lanny McDonald and Wendel Clark.

Now that I’m back in the states I’ve decided to captain my own Movember team. According to the official website you’re supposed to start with a clean shaven face, but I’m not playing by those rules.  After all, the point is to raise awareness and I’ll draw more attention if I lose my beard, but keep what I’ve already got below my nose.  Likewise, if you already have a moustache feel free to sign up and find a way to make your ‘stache more noticeable next month!

Once you join my team you can have conversations like this all month long!

Those other people: “Dude. You need to shave. You look ridiculous”
You: “Actually, it’s Movember.  This little bit of stupendous stubble exists to raise awareness about men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.”
Those other people: “Whoa. Tell me more.”
You: “Visit Movember.com  You can donate money to the cause and learn more about the global movement that is Movember.  I’m part of Team Whiskered Wonders, so if you decide to make a donation, do it through us.”

1) Visit http://us.movember.com/register/119468
2) Fill in information as appropriate

Facial growth not prostate growth,
Tim (for Franktuary)