Movember: Mo' 'Staches, Less Problems

November 21, 2016

According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 12.9 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime. More than 26,000 men will die of the disease this year alone. This silent killer is taking our loved ones, and doing so at a fast rate. So, if you thought you and/or the men in your life were “special” and had no need to worry about it, think again.

So what can you do? Queue up your favorite ‘70s classic rock playlist on Spotify, and get ready to support some stunning ‘staches.

If you aren’t familiar with the Australia-based Movember Foundation, it’s time you learned what it stands for and how it came to be the phenomenon it is now.

Travis Garone and Luke Slattery founded the charity 12 years ago as a way to bring back the once-dead fashion trend. They were inspired by a friend’s mother who was fundraising for breast cancer, and decided to make the campaign about men’s health and prostate cancer. The rules of Movember are simple:

  1. Begin the 1st of November with a clean shave
  2. For the whole of the month, you must grow and groom you mustache
  3. Sadly, no beards!
  4. No joining your chin to your handlebars.

They agreed to charge $10 to grow a mo'. Travis designed the first Movember logo, and they sent around an email titled ‘Are you man enough to be my man?’ They found 30 soon-to-be-mustachioed gents willing to take up the challenge.

Those first 30 Mo Bros grew their mustaches with such enthusiasm that the following year a decision was made to formalize the concept and get all participants growing for a cause. Adam Garone stepped up to help take Movember to the next level, and a company was born.

While the foundation and support for it has traveled across international waters and involves millions of men eager to sport ‘staches of their own in the quest to make the mo’ mainstream (or close to it), their mission stays pure and simple: to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

More and more men at progressively younger rates are getting diagnosed with prostrate cancer, but the foundation focuses on battling all areas of men’s’ health: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.

Businesses across our beautiful state have been joining in on the fun this year— like Denver’s Elle.B Salon in Jefferson Park who hosted a Movember Happy Hour (peep their Facebook video which livestreamed the action). Salon founder Lindsay Binkley said she was particularly inspired to host an event when she learned about the men’s health aspect, as most men shy away from addressing the issue. Boulder’s ad shop Victor’s and Spoils has a “Mustaches and Man Glands” event planned, which will host a pop-up barbershop with Voodoo Hair Lounge to help men sport their Movember facial ribbon, or to trim up their mid-month scraggly beards and 'staches.

But we know that’s just scratching the surface when it comes to involvement for this cause across Colorado. Do you know anyone who (personally or via their jobs) has been participating in this noble cause? Tag a person or company, or share a pic of their mo’ for proof.