Donate to the Movember Foundation to Change the Face of Men’s Health

BY COLE MCNANNA // OCT. 28, 2016 //

There are plenty of good reasons to grow out your facial hair, most importantly to make you look like a stud. But this November, it also means you can also donate money to causes that affect men around the world…while looking like a stud.

In association with the Movember Foundation, I want to help change the face of Men’s Health.

I know I can’t get it done all on my own so I asked the man who has been shaping up my beard for the last year to help raise awareness for a cause during No Shave November.

Nic Alexander, of the Chop Shop in Milford, Massachusetts, and I connected with the Movember Foundation to help address “some of the biggest health issues faced by men: mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.”

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You can donate to my mo space at mobro.co/colemcnanna // IMAGE CREDIT: COLE MCNANNA //

 

These are all important topics that need attention.

Nic is raising awareness of the Suicide rate around the world in men who are ‘toughing it out’ by keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence.

I chose a topic closest to me; Prostate Cancer. For those of you who know me, you may know that my father had Prostate Cancer my freshman year but successfully had a surgery to remove it. For those of you who didn’t know, well, like Biggie said, “Now ya know…”

Together, Nic and I created team Metro-West Mythical Mustaches, and you can use the link to donate to either cause; or both! Every little bit helps, and no donation is too small.

The only way a donation can be too small is if you’re the only one talking about it. Share, invite friends, family or coworkers. Brag about your patchy facial hair and donate to help keep men from dying too young.

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// IMAGE CREDIT: COLE MCNANNA //

You can use the link to read more about our cause and donate right there, or you can come talk to me walking around campus showing off my mustache that will likely never be as glorious as my father’s. And be sure to keep your eyes out for my table at the Student Center in the coming weeks.

You can read more about the Movember Foundation right here and get started growing your facial hair. If you start to hate it, Nic can give you a trim at the Chop Shop, just off Route 495 in Milford. If Nic is booked, other barbers will be available to fix it up.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you to join the cause, my house is only ten minutes down the road, and as a special incentive, the top 3 donors will be invited to a traditional Italian meal, home-made by my beautiful mother.

Grow, Donate, Share, Talk, Donate some more, and keep men from dying too young. Together we can work to help some serious issues that men face.

Light the Night

By KELSEY MARCHETTI // SEPT. 25, 2012 //

On Thursday, Oct. 11, Curry has a group participating in a fundraising walk called “Light the Night,” a national effort to raise awareness of leukemia and lymphoma.

Light the Night is a annual walk in Boston that raises awareness of leukemia and lymphoma. // WWW.LIGHTTHENIGHT.ORG //

The annual leukemia and lymphoma walks, held in cities throughout the country, aim to honor those who are fighting, who have survived, and who have lost the battle to one of these terrible diseases. The walks are held after the sun goes down, and participants hold glowing balloons to honor those they are walking for.

The Boston-area walk is hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and will start at the Boston Common.

If you’re interested in participating, you can sign up in the Student Activities office on the second floor of the Student Center. The bus will leave from the Student Center on Oct. 11 at 3:15 p.m. If you would like to volunteer at the walk, the group still needs people to pass out water, check people in, and hand out balloons.

There are three different balloons given out. If you walk with a white balloon, it means you’re walking for someone who has survived. Walking with a red balloon means the person you’re walking for is still fighting one of the diseases. Finally, walking with a gold balloon shows that you are walking in memory of someone who has passed away due to cancer.

Check in for the walk begins at 5 p.m. in Boston, and the walk starts at 7 p.m. If you are interested in starting your own walking group, you can register on the walk’s Web site.

Annually, Light the Night raises about $200,000 to go toward leukemia and lymphoma research. Every year, about 44,271 adults and 4,220 children are diagnosed with leukemia alone. There are approximately 71,000 diagnoses a year in the U.S.

I will be doing the walk for my family friend, Jill Eaves, who passed away on Oct. 11, 2011, of stage four leukemia. I’ll be walking with a team created in memory of her during Light the Night.

So if you’re looking for something charitable to do, get a group together and go raise some money for a cure.