I can start this post by giving you statistics and tell you how exactly Movember came about, but I am not going to bore you with such information, as I am certain you have seen it on many a faces of men.
What I will do is tell you my story…
My grandfather, Reginald Basil Betteridge, passed away in 1999 at the age of 69, from Prostate Cancer. Unfortunately for him, once detected – it was too late. I was fortunate enough to be with him, and help him from the living room to the bedroom and into bed – unfortunately this day was his last day with us. It would break any man’s heart to see a strong, independent, proud individual – a real man amongst men as old Reggie, deteriorate into a weak, helpless person whom is unable to assist himself with basic day-to-day tasks that we take for granted.
In December 2011, my mother lost her 6 month fight against Pancreatic Cancer – my whole world came to a complete standstill.
The aforementioned (unfortunate) events are the two reasons why I have decided to support any cause related to the cancerous disease. Any fight against cancer, is a good one! In November 2012 I took the step and completely shaved my goatee – which I have confidently showcased for the past 10 years. I will continue to do so for every November forthcoming! This is a battle we will win!
I’d like to personally invite EVERY MAN reading this, to get involved and ask each woman to support her partner when doing so!
1 November marks the start of the increasingly popular, Movember initiative, originally started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. The idea is to have men start the month, clean-shaven, and not touch a razor for 30 days. Dependent on your ‘Mo design’, you may get strange looks, but THIS is your opportunity to share your reasoning: you can tell them, “I’m changing the face of men’s health!” or perhaps, “Did you know, Prostate Cancer strikes 1 in 6 men?” You can also add, “Testicular Cancer is the most common cancer for men aged 18-35”.
Are you part of the Movember movement?
Written by Henry Betteridge, Food & Beverage Cost Controller
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