Support Your Local Mustache – November is Movember

By Laura Braden

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year – wearing boots and sweaters, drinking pumpkin spiced lattes, enjoying the changing colors of leaves/trees, watching college football (or just tailgating) and watching the men in my life grow amazingly awesome mustaches.

That’s right, mustaches. You see, November is actually Movember – an annual contest to raise money for cancers that impact men.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation:

  • Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men.
  • In 2010, nearly 218,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 32,000 men will die from the disease.
  • One new case occurs every 2.4 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 16.4 minutes.
  • It is estimated that there are more than 2 million American men currently living with prostate cancer.

The concept is simple – guys start off with cleanly shaved faces November 1 and grow out the mustache of their choice (see graphic to the right for a smattering of options) the rest of the month. Participants collect donations via online profiles (created during registration). Last year, Movember raised over $42 million for its global partners, and this year, donations support the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG.

From the website: “The mustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a mustache for 30 days.”

So GOTGer’s, let’s encourage the men in our life to get involved…Guys can register individually or as a group. They can also create their own “Mo Space” to share funny/progress pictures and video.

For those guys on the grid who decide to participate, please share your pictures by emailing girlsonthegrid@gmail.com. We’ll be sure to profile you – and hopefully help you raise some money as well.

And ladies, let’s show our support! From car decals to pet chew toys, it’s almost scary the number of options we have to encourage and support the Movember men in our lives. Seriously, I could have highlighted another dozen or so items, but the below are the best (and funniest)…

  1. Car-stache ($40)
  2. Mustache pillow case ($28)
  3. Mustache doggie chew toy ($12)
  4. Mustache pint glasses ($15)
  5. Mustache car ribbon ($2.99)
  6. Mustache shot glasses (12) ($3.99)
  7. Movember tee ($18)
  8. Cuff links ($20)

And while you’re at it…did you know that our very Mayor Kevin Johnson is a finalist to win the 2010 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year award?

The contest is organized by the American Mustache Institute – an advocacy organization “protecting the rights of, and fighting discrimination against, mustached Americans by promoting the growth, care, and culture of the mustache.” Wow…Proving once and for all, that every interest group in America has a website and/or magazine. Mayor KJ is up against Pat O’Brien, Carl Pavano, Morgan Spurlock and North Dakota Governor John Hoeven. Totally not a joke – vote for him here!

Happy Growing!

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