and white, windowless vans

November 8, 2011

When Jon approached me and suggested that he was going to shave off his beard, his one true love of seven years, his precious facewarmer, I thought he was smoking the cracks. Turns out he'd signed on to participate in Movember with a team of dads and dad bloggers, a yearly fund raising and awareness drive for men's health.

Ok, ok. If it's for charity... and you're really really, really sure...

movember face

God save us all, I'm married to a highway patrolman.

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Or, as Jon has been so aptly putting it, "This is my banner for cancer. On my face."

According to the American Cancer Society, one in every six men will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, and one in every 36 will die from the disease. Behind lung cancer, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Our dads, grandfathers, uncles, friends, lovers, husbands, and sons.

"It's a month when guys support guys by talking about men's health issues- prostate cancer being at the top of the list." writes BobbleHeadDad, one of our teammates on team Dad 2.0 / Man of the House / NYC Dads Group / DadCentric / DadLabs seriously guys couldn't anyone pick one name?

"It's a month for guys to  kick each other in the ass and say, "Why the hell don't you take care of yourself, man?" It's our version of the Pink Ribbon Month and a chance to put the spotlight on our health. Our goal is simple. We want you to have all the tools and information you need to take care of all the guys in your life."

This is where we need your help, friends.
(Yes, for these charity things there's always a part where we need your help,
where help = please empty your couch of loose change.)

People, if I have to live with this thing and the scratchy sandpaper face that goes with it we better be raising some damned money for charity. Let's DO this. I will get down on my knees and beg. I will plead. I will pester. And those are all good reasons to head to Jon's donation page and chip in $5. SHUT UP, ANNOYING LADY, GO AWAY FINE. is a totally valid reason.

The better reason is that we care about the men around us
and we want to keep them safe and healthy.

donate or else

You can visit Jon's donation page here where you can see not only what he's raised so far but our team's total. (Holy crap, our team's total. Go team?) If you're willing and able to donate a few of your precious dollars we will be forever grateful.

Not only will we be in your debt forever like pitiful indentured servants Jon has announced that the highest donations get to choose which style the mustache will grow into, from John Waters to Sam Elliot to Wilford Brimley to Salvador Dali to Hitler (if you're willing to bank roll it). A little added incentive or torture, as the case may be.

Send some good karma out into the universe for the growth, care and culture of the lower nose forest. DONATE. Make me proud.
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