Movember 2012: Help Us Fight Cancer

Happy Movember everyone! For the next 30 days, I’ll be growing a mustache to raise money for prostate and testicular cancer research and to help “change the face of men’s health.”


If you’re not familiar with Movember, don’t worry. This post will tell you everything you need to know, including what Movember is, why I’m participating, and how you can help. Now, let’s get started…

What is Movember?

In 2003, two Australians convinced their friends to grow mustaches during the month of November. 30 people participated, and Movember was officially born!

Since its humble beginnings, Movember has grown from a fun little campaign in Australia that didn’t raise any money to a global phenomenon that raised a total of $126.3 million last year.

And the idea is incredibly simple. Men all over the world grow mustaches while collecting donations and raising awareness about men’s health. It’s basically like a huge walkathon… but for your face :-)

Why Are You Participating?

I’m doing this to help support cancer research and to raise awareness about the health issues facing men. Just like every other man I know, I’m terrible about seeing a doctor when a health issue arises. I don’t work out as much as I should, and my diet isn’t particularly healthy. All of those things need to change… and not just for me: for men everywhere.

Half of the male population will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime, but those diagnoses don’t have to be fatal. Many of the cancer-related deaths in this country could be avoided by early detection, increased physical activity, and a healthier diet.

How Can I Help?

If you’d like to participate in this year’s Movember, you have a few different options:

(1) You can join our team

If you want to grow a mustache on the Web Gnomes team, follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1 – Create a free Movember account.
  • Step 2 – Join the “Web Gnomes” team.
  • Step 3 – Begin the greatest month of your life!

(2) You can donate to our team

If you want to donate to the cause, simply follow these steps:

  • Step 1 – Go to the donations page.
  • Step 2 – Fill out the donation information (any amount will be greatly appreciated).
  • Step 3 – Feel great about helping a noble cause!

(3) You can spread the word

Even if you don’t join or donate, you can still help by telling your friends and family about Movember. Help the men in your life by telling them to have an annual physical, to go on more walks, and to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Have You Ever Grown a Mustache?

No. I’ve never grown a full mustache because (1) I look super sketchy with facial hair (I make the guys on “To Catch a Predator” look like upstanding citizens), (2) I never have the courage to keep the ‘stache when I’m shaving, and (3) my dad had a ridiculous mustache when he was my age (it wasn’t a pretty sight — I think he even burned the pictures).

Where Can I See Your Mustache?

I’ll be posting daily pictures of my mustache on my Facebook page and my Twitter profile. I’ll also be changing my avatars every day to reflect my mustache’s progress (or lack thereof).

Any Other Questions?

If you’d like to know more about Movember or my 30 day adventure, please let me know in the comments below. Otherwise, be on the look out for daily updates about my upper lip’s new best friend!

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