As we wrap up October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I hope it’s been productive and that we’ve all contributed to helping people with a disease that affects a large portion of our population. The amount of pink and fundraising events is breathtaking, and I can understand why, after a whole month of it, we might all be ready for a break.
Well, I need you to refocus — briefly for now, but chiefly in November — on a whole other cause, one that affects men as much as breast cancer effects women: Movember.
Regular readers are aware that I participate in Movember every year to raise money that helps treat and make life all-around better for men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental illness. Combined, those three kill more men than nearly any other natural factor besides lung cancer and heart disease. To raise money needed for research, quality of life programs and awareness campaigns, I grow a mustache and update you on my progress and exchange weirdness and fun in return for donations.
And thanks to people like my family and you, my friends, I’ve been able to raise over $3000 for the Movember Foundation, Livestrong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
But, what if we could do that in one year instead of four? To do that, I need a team of admirable men and women willing to pledge a month towards looking silly, getting fit and having some wild parties. If that sounds like a fun way to spend your November, then you are exactly the kind of person who belongs in The Admirals Club.
Led by four and five year Movember veterans, The Admirals Club is looking to go beyond just growing mustaches and ask for donations online. We’re a team dedicated to having as much fun as possible and to celebrating the people who help us improve the health of men: donors. That’s why we’re hosting live, in-person events throughout the month of — as it shall be known from here on out — Movember. We are partnered with bars, movie theaters and other entertainment businesses to get you, the word and these mustaches out on the town.
Events include a night out at Red Rocks Tequileria in Centreville, VA on Movember 6 and a showing of Cannonball Run on Movember 23 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Ashburn, VA on Movember 23.
As part of our pledge to improve health and mental well-being, we’re also planning to go bowling, roller skating and, on Movember 15, run the Viva Vets! 5K in Fairfax, VA. We’ll hoist the Movember banner high as we get fitter and then ruin it all with drinks and brunch.
So, assuming that you are a person who hates cancer and loves to have a good time, you’re probably wondering how you sign on with The Admirals Club, and what you’ll have to do once you’re in. It’s actually pretty simple:
- Join our team and Movember.
- Like our Facebook page so you’ll see when event invitations go out.
- Shave your entire face clean on Movember 1st.
- Grow a mustache — and only a mustache, no beards — over the next 30 days. Also, be physically active all 30 days of MOVEmber.
- Reach out to friends and family to discuss health and, if they are inclined, make a donation to Movember. Also, invite them to our events.
And, if I haven’t made this clear, yet, you don’t have to be a guy to participate in Movember. Ladies can join our team and pledge to be physically active all 30 days of MOVEmber to encourage everyone to live less sedentary lives — a simple step that could help prevent men’s health issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to grow a mustache?
If you’re a lady, no. (But, if you can, awesome!)
If you’re a gentleman, yes, if you want to join The Admirals Club. You can take the MOVEmber 30 days of activity pledge on Movember.com, but The Admirals Club is only for men who are willing to stand out with their mustaches and be counted for Movember and the women who support them.
Does it have to be a good mustache?
I am proof that, no, it does not.
The point is to be recognized as someone who is trying to make a difference for men’s health. Looking like every other guy who’s growing a winter beard won’t achieve that. Besides, no terrible mustache was ever redeemed by a mediocre beard.
Do I really have to start over in November? Or, can I start earlier than Movember 1?
Yes, you do have to start over in November. No, you can’t start earlier.
Do you think guys with cancer get to choose when they have to start over after chemo?
It’s a team event, and that means starting and finishing as a team.
Do I have to move all 30 days of MOVEmber?
No, but you’re only cheating yourself and the people who donate to your campaign.
What’s considered moving for MOVEmber?
Anything. Go for a walk. Do some push-ups. Use that gym membership you’re still paying for but haven’t used since mid-January. Try to push yourself beyond what you normally do, which can be challenging whether you do nothing or run marathons or are a total gym rat.
Because I’m already physically active most days, I’m using MOVEmber to match donation dollar amounts with exercise. I’m also using that time to train for a personal record on running the 5K — aiming to finish in under 20 minutes.
MOVEmber’s all about improvement, whether it’s getting off the couch, out the door or into record books.
Where do I sign up?
Go to http://moteam.co/the-admirals-club, then click the “join” button and sign on for what should be the best November of your life.