With leftover Halloween candy still flowing from the doors of every office break room, the month of October ends, and November begins. Talk of haunted hayrides, costume parties, and carved jack-o-lanterns are replaced with pumpkin spice, turkey brining recipes, and who would've guessed it - mustaches!?

November is Movember

Every November, men are challenged to start with a clean palate, grow their facial hair for the next 30 days, and trim accordingly to make a prominent mustache that sparks curiosity and conversation. The mustache you wear is The Movember Foundation's ribbon of awareness - for men's health. Since November 2003, over 5 million mustaches have been grown, over $750 million has been raised, and over 1,200 men's health projects have been funded in support of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. 

The story of how Adam & Travis Garone and Luke Slattery grew a company from 30 buddies in Australia initially agreeing to a practical joke to 'bring back the mustache' while raising money for prostate cancer, to one of the top 50 non-governmental organizations in the world is beyond inspiring. With fundamental values of accountability, transparency, innovation, and humility, their initiative to stop men from dying too young is paramount.

"By 2030 we'll halve the number of men dying from prostate cancer" - Movember.com

Striking close to home, with a father who has been battling prostate cancer since 2009, I whole-heartedly accept this challenge on a yearly basis. Better yet, as a slightly hairy Greek, I have grown 'The Trucker' from what seemed like my 5 o'clock shadow, and exceeded all expectations of my facial grooming potential. The sheer pride on my father's face when he learned of the reasoning behind my mustache drives me to re-join my 'Mo Bros' each year. Honoring the man who gave so much of his life to me, and living out his words by being a contributor to society simply by growing a mustache for 30 days seems too humorous - but that's part of their MO (get it?) -- they want to put the fun in fundraising. It's something Movember has done incredibly well, while supporting the ongoing battle being fought every day.

Take the challenge

The Movember Foundation turned the month-long initiative into a year-round, global conversation that receives support from 20 countries -- and for those not growing a sweet stache', their 'Mo Sistas' are in full force as well. An applaudable accomplishment, a noteworthy mission, a driver of  continued awareness, and a welcomed facial accessory. If you're up for the challenge, it's not too late to join or support -- my Movember team welcomes you

Published on: Nov 8, 2017
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