Published on 10-26-2016 06:08 AM
As I mentioned in my earlier post we have had some great conversations with the team from Movember and I was lucky enough to spend some time with our Movember contact Doug Prusoff.
When I shared our Movember thread with Doug I invited him to write something to the group.
I can't think of a better intro than to say - I hope you will find it as moving as I did...
"Ladies and Gentlemen of the SRP Community,
As of today we are less than one week away from the start of this yearís Movember campaign. This year will mark my 8th year growing a Movember moustache and my 5th one working as an employee for the Foundation.
Each year around this time I got through a little exercise where I think back on my Movember journey and try to answer a simple question: why do I participate in Movember?
When I first started participating in Movember seven years ago the answer was simple: it was fun. It was a good excuse to grow a moustache and was a way to get involved, give back, and not have to do what I deemed as far less appealing community service like mulching a community garden in my small college town (mulching is the worst).
As the years went on I started looking deeper into Movemberís mission and I was motivated by some of the alarming statistics that I saw:
1 out of 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer men 15-35
Men die on average 6 years earlier than women
Every minute, one man around the world takes his own life
When I see those statistics, I donít see numbers.
I see my teammates, friends, and fraternity brothers and realize you donít have to be a math major to see that prostate cancer is going to have an impact on far too many of our lives. I see my nephew Anthony who, due to congenital birth defect, is now more likely to be diagnosed with testicular cancer. I see my dad and think about how scared I was this summer when as my mom called me from the hospital trying to explain the difference between an angina and a heart attack.
And, perhaps more than anything else, I think about my brother. I think about his wife and their two beautiful daughters. And I think about a day almost 10 years ago when he called me into his room where he was standing with a razor blade in his hand and he told me he had been sitting in his bathtub thinking about taking his own life.
I think about the power of one conversation. Of creating a world where men feel comfortable talking about their health, taking action when itís needed, and as a result go on to live happier, healthier, and longer lives.
The moustache is the symbol of the Movember campaign, but the conversations that it creates are the lifeblood of what we do. That conversation changed my brotherís life, my life, and the lives of so many others my brother has gone on to impact since he spent years getting mentally healthy.
Too many men donít have this conversation when something isnít right and as a result are dying too early. You may not grow the best moustache, think itís creepy, or hate the way it feels; but if that moustache starts one conversations about menís health, raises one dollar to help fund research, or causes one man to get active or see a doctor - then this Movember was a success.
As we are less than a week away from the kick-off of the campaign, Iím asking each and everyone one of you to consider participating in Movember this year. Think about your fathers, brothers, sons, grandfathers, uncles, boyfriends, nephews, and friends. Think about honoring those that weíve lost, think about inspiring those going through their fight, and think about creating a better future where men no longer feel they have to suffer silently.
If youíre just looking for an excuse to grow a moustache, thatís okay. If you only sign up because your friend wonít stop harassing you until you do, super understandable. But if you truly want to change the face of menís health, think about why youíd participate and (whether you publicly share that story or not) let it drive every conversation you have, every dollar you raise, and every bit of change you create.
The Movember community has millions of global participants, weíve raised over $710 million, and funded 1200 world-class menís health programs. Weíve come a long way since a conversations in a bar, but I know we still have a long way to go to create the world that I envision.
Please help support the Movember Foundation by giving, growing, or moving with us this year.
We all have our personal connection to the cause, whatís yours?
United We Mo,
MOVEMBER FOUNDATION ‑ CHANGING THE FACE OF MEN'S HEALTH