Ladies and gentlemen (yes, all genders are welcome), start your hairy engines – the great month of Movember is upon us. Gone are the clean shaven boy scouts of Bite, replaced by the grizzled men of the ‘tache. While our efforts (some better than others) to grow this symbol of manliness will be well documented in embarrassing fashion, let us not forget the meaning of the mo. Prostate cancer affects 1 in 6 American men over their lifetime and 8,400 new cases of testicular cancer have been reported in 2009 alone. Both of these diseases are menacing and their ill effects reach far and wide. But, if there’s one thing to know about the men of Bite – it’s that we’re not afraid of a fight.
The Movember organization describes the role of the moustache like this: “A Mo Bro is a walking billboard for the cause as his new look opens the door for him to talk about cancers affecting men – making the moustache a symbol, much like the pink ribbon is for breast cancer.”
This effort shines a necessary light on men’s health issues, helping us band together to fight the good fight. This strikes a particular cord in my own personal battle, taking on testicular cancer only a couple short months ago. For those who have had a similar unfortunate experience, you know the battle is never truly over, as cancer has a unique ability to come back for more after you think you have it down. Well, as they say, there’s power in numbers, and thanks to your support (donation page here), we’re able to unite with our hairy upper lips to conquer this beast.
Please help us in whatever way you can. The cause is noble (donations specifically reach the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation), and we promise to have some fun along the way. May the best (and worst) ‘tache win!