Editor’s Note: This is Movember, the time of year when men let their facial hair sprout for a good cause – bringing attention and research funds to health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer, that target guys. Over the coming weeks, we’ll highlight the efforts of some members of our Movember Dads/Bloggers team. First up, the co-coordinators of our Philly Dads Group and our own Jason Greene. — KMcK.
My wife hates facial hair, so I am growing a full beard. It’s not because I am trying to spite her. It is because I joined a group of dads and bloggers who have combined forces to raise money and awareness of men’s health issues for Movember.
The last time I grew out a beard was in 2005, the first time we had a child. My son and wife were terrified by it. I have already seen some guys getting The Heisman from their wives who are against the Flavor Savers.
But, I told my wife, despite her hating it and the fact that I can’t grow a substantial mustache that I was dedicated to doing it. She thinks I am going to look like Morgan Spurlock. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing since she first referred to him like this: “You are going to look like, you know, that guy who ate all the McDonalds”.
Through screening and early detection, they found it in its early stages and took it out. I am dedicating my Mo to my dad this year. So men, put down your razors and join me this month and grow your own Dirt Squirrel.
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I’ve grown very attached to my weird beard and I’m not prepared to say goodbye to it, even temporarily. Instead, I have created something new that I’m calling #RunningforMo.
This campaign of mine serves two distinct purposes: to get me healthier and to raise money for my fuzz-face blogging buddies. For every mile I run, jog or walk this month I will donate $2 to the fundraising efforts of a number of #MovemberDads. I have opened this up for others as well and will give ‘stache-related prizes to those who also go #RunningforMo.”
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Growing a mustache will be a lot of fun, but for me it’s a lot more than that.
According to cancer.org, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives and about 1 in 36 will die from it. My step-dad was one of those that died this year from prostate cancer. Jim Higley (also known as Bobblehead Dad), a cancer survivor, said it best on a Life of Dad chat, “It’s not about the mustache, but about the money and the awareness.” I share his sentiment.
I have no shame when it comes to my public appearance, so I’m ready to have a lot of fun creating a variety of styles for my mustache. But I’m not doing it just for the fun – I’m doing it for my step-dad. I’m doing it for me. And I’m doing it for my children. The fun is just an added bonus.