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Big Moustache on Campus

Men throw away their razors, get rid of their shaving cream and embrace their facial hair to spread awareness and raise funds for testicular and prostate cancer research during November.

 

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Testicular cancer affects over 8,000 men each year, meaning one in 270 males contract the disease.

 

Mo Bro’s and Mo Sista’s sport facial and body hair during the Movember Campaign, at times harnessing the power of the mustache to raise awareness for the cause.

 

Taking place in over 21 countries, men and women participate to help forever change testicular and prostate cancer research over a 30 day span. Raising over $126 million dollars in 2011, Movember had 855,203 registered participants all around the world.

 

Bringing back the mustache, or Mo, Australia initiated mens health awareness to in 2003 with the establishment of Movember. The movement began with just a couple of men nine years ago and is expected to reach over a million by the end of November.

 

Director of Grassroots Engagement, Tom Whiteside, reaches out to the community as a mustache farmer educating the community and raising awareness on men’s health.

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“To change the way we think about men’s health, we need people to register as a group and spread the word,” Whiteside said. “It is simple, fun and in the end you will get a party.”

 

Men’s Health Partners, Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Livestrong foundation are working together to ensure funds from the Movember Campaign support research, education, survivorship and awareness programs.

 

“Our marathon is the 30 days of moustache growing,” Whiteside said. “Families, friends and fellow Mo’s can donate money to those with the best photos and stories.”

 

Registration gives access to their own fundraising page, free downloads, special prizes, collect donations and connect with the Mo Community. Men and women are able to pledge towards a month free of razors, waxing and trimming.

 

Reaching across the world, the Movember campaign has attracted CSU students and several Denver Bronco Players.

 

Senior sports medicine major Tyler Honn has participated in No Shave November for the past four years. This year, him and a team of four friends are participating in the campaign.

 

“I am participating in Movember with four of my friends,” Honn said. “It is a way to support testicular cancer awareness and men’s health.”

 

Denver Bronco wide receiver, Eric Decker joins Matt Prater, Calev Hanie, Lance Ball and several other players who pledged their faces to the Movember campaign. Raising awareness on men’s health, Bronco players were photographed Nov. first shaving off their hair.

 

For more information on donating, creating a Mo Bro team, research fund efforts and photos please visit movember.com.

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