October 18, 2011
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Sara Lynn McCall Graduate Assistant, Office of Communications

Movember Charity Event

VALDOSTA -- We all know that people wear pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness, but why are so many guys sporting mustaches during the month of November? One word: Movember.

Movember is an annual charity event held during the month of November, where guys raise awareness for prostate cancer by growing a moustache. The funds raised during Movember will benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong.

To join in the fight against prostate cancer, first register at movember.com under the team name VSU Blazers by Nov. 1. Although everyone will belong to the VSU Blazers team, individual campus groups are encouraged to form teams and challenge each other. Once registered, guys will have access to a “Mo Space,” where they can update their progress with pictures, videos and status updates to supplement their fundraising outreach; however, the guys won’t be the only ones having all the fun.

The “Mo Sistas,” or the women who love and support the “Mo Bros,” are encouraged to register, create or join a team, host a “Mo Party” and support the men participating in Movember. At the end of Movember, there will be a Stache Bash at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the Student Union Ballroom to celebrate the Movember journey.

The men’s health movement is 30 years behind the women’s health movement, and 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer with an estimated 218,000 being diagnosed this year.

The entire VSU community is encouraged to get involved in this fight by participating in Movember. For more information, contact John Wright at 229-333-5674 or jowright@valdosta.edu.