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November 1, 2012

Men of Harvest Church ditch their razors for a good cause

NORMAN — The men at Harvest Church in Norman have decided to ditch their razors during November for a national movement and a good cause.

Elder Greg Madden said about a dozen men of the church have already signed up for Movember.

“During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of mustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the U.S. and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. These men start Nov. 1 clean shaven, then for the rest of the month they let it grow,” Madden said.

The Movember Foundation was co-founded by Luke Slattery, Travis Garone, Adam Garone and Justin Coghlan in 2004, Madden said.

“The foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Movember started in Australia and has since grown to a global movement, running official campaigns in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America, New Zealand, Spain, the Netherlands, South Africa and Finland,” Madden said.

Unlike breast cancer awareness month, Movember focuses more on awareness than raising money.

“Almost everyone knows that people wear pink in October for breast cancer awareness, and that’s a great thing. But most people don’t know that November is men’s health issues awareness month, specifically prostate and testicular cancer,” Madden said.

Calling themselves the Mo Brothers, members of Harvest Church also will wear “Bob Movember” T-shirts.

“Mo Brothers effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health,” Madden said.

For more information about Movember, visit us.movember.com.

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