It is that Mo time of year again, once again joining the Rad Mo Bros team in raising awareness (and money) for some of the often not talked about male health issues. Over the last couples years I have had some fun with this month long event. Who can forget the bald head and Red, White, and Blue – good times and, truth be told, impacting on how I see myself (for instance, not as concerned about the fading hair line any longer).
This year I am changing it while returning to a more traditional challenge: The Push-up Pledge – for each dollar donated I will do a push-ups. Let’s double pushups for anything over $20 and multiply by 5 for anything over $50 (or 250 pushups). I will try to do them same day and on video when possible.
With a goal of $1000 that could be as many as 5000 push-ups during the month of November.
For those curious last years 40-for-40 challenge was only 1600 pushups over 40 days.
What is Movember?
Men’s health continues to be an important issue and one us as men often neglect until it is too late. We hide those aches and pains and avoid appearing weak to our friends, family, and strangers. I personally avoid going to the doctors, often blaming it on a waste of time, where as the truth is closer to a irrational fear of being told there is something wrong. Instead, I feel fine and stay active … thus, no problems right?
Diseases like testicular cancer is likely to strike early (most common cancer among men under 40). While a 95% survival rate is good, it still leaves 1 in 20 that won’t make it.
Then there is Prostate cancer. The second most common cancer in men and rising. It is projected that by 2030 there will be 1.7 million men living with prostate cancer, and it is killing hundreds of thousands of men each year TODAY.
However, mental heath issues are the silent killers. Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Too many men are ‘toughing it out’, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence. The Movember Foundation is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% by 2030, and I want to help them get there.
In an effort get men the help they need, men around the world are coming together.
The Movember Foundation has operated now for 13 years and in that time has managed to fund over 1200 men’s health projects around the world. Stated in Australia back in 2003 as a ‘just for fun’ attempt by 30 friends to bring back a vanishing fashion trend, today has over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline