Movember 2020

What a year it has been.

At the end of the summer, while driving down an expressway outside of Toronto and observing the passing information billboards (which showed only announcements regarding COVID-19, instead of the usual traffic information), I recall feeling as if I was in a science fiction film. The world had changed so quickly in such a short amount of time. It blew my mind.

At the best of times, society struggles with a number of issues – and this year feels like a convergence. So many things are happening at once that it must be overwhelming to some.

Now, more than ever, initiatives like Movember are extremely valuable.
​​The Movember foundation focuses on awareness in three area: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mens’ mental health (which includes suicide prevention).

​This will be my 12th year as a Mo Bro, raising money for Movember.​ At the moment, I am a team of one – but that’s all right with me. I stand here for those that can’t – for those that need the assistance; whether it is for awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, or for mental health.

​Men’s health is in crisis. Men are dying on average 6 years earlier than women – and for largely preventable reasons. Unchecked, prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years. Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men aged 15-39 years of age. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 75% of all suicides. Movember is uniquely placed to address this crisis on a global scale.” – from the Movember Webpage

Movember funds groundbreaking projects all over the world, engaging men where they are to understand what works best and accelerate change. ​​Movember’s goal is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%​ (by 2030)​. Since 2003, they have funded ​over a thousand men’s health projects around the world​.​

Men are not always easy to help (we really do ourselves a disservice in that regard – in many ways). The stigma against vulnerability is palpable, and ​many men suffer in silence about mental health issues and disease​ – and in COVID times it’s even worse​. Why not help me help the Movember Foundation make a difference in that regard?

And while donations are always appreciated, positive vibes are welcome as well.

Please click here to donate.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be posting progress on that page regularly.

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