Huskie Hockey Fans, Players, Coaches, Staff and Supporters,
I hope that all is well with everyone back in DeKalb, and wherever you find yourself across Huskie Nation today. I want to start off by letting you guys know how much I miss being a part of the day-to-day operations of the NIU Hockey team, and am very proud that you all have continued the tradition and culture that defines our organization.
As some of you may be aware, November is being re-defined as “Movember” across the country. I, along with a bunch of our fellow “Mo Bros”, will be growing out a mustache during the month of November to raise awareness and funds for Men’s Health. My company, Medix, is participating across the country in Movember, so I have decided to jump on board and support the cause. Will I look bad? Yes. Will my friends and family not want to be seen with me in public? Absolutely. But take a look at why we are taking the step to become walking talking billboards for men’s health…
Movember is the month formerly known as November, where men and women across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. Men grow and women support a Mo (moustache) for 30 days becoming walking, talking billboards. Movember supports world-class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer.
Men who support Movember, called Mo Bros, start by registering at Movember.com. Mo Bros start Movember 1st clean-shaven, then grow and groom their Mo, for the rest of the month, raising money along the way. Women who support Movember, called Mo Sistas, also start by registering at Movember.com. Mo Sistas champion the Mo by registering and supporting the Mo Bros in their life, spreading the important message of men’s health, leading a team and organizing events.
At first, I was interested in the cause just due to the philanthropic nature, and the rare chance to grow facial hair. However, the following facts have made me even more passionate about an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. A man is 35 percent more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
· One new case of prostate cancer occurs every 2.2 minutes, and a man dies from the disease every 17.5 minutes.
· If detected and treated early, prostate cancer treatment has a 97 percent success rate.
· 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
· More than 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed, and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in 2013.
People all over the country, including athletes, celebrities, and other national figures are participating in Movember, including Bryan Bickell, Brandon Bollig, Patrick Kane and Niklas Hjalmarsson of the Chicago Blackhawks. My goal is to raise $2000 in support of my Movember to add to the Medix total to put us in a position where we can really make a difference. You may not be aware, but in my career at Medix, I am a representative of our organization working with some of the leading Heathcare, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology organizations in the world. As Medix Boston, we are members of one of the biggest and best Healthcare and Biopharmaceutical markets in the entire country. Not only would we be supporting a great cause, but making the push to lead the Medix Family in this fundraising effort would provide us with an opportunity to live our ideals of positively impacting lives. Let’s live the core values of locking arms to help each other achieve our goals as we are willing to do what others won’t by never, never, never giving up in our desire to serve others. Lastly, don’t think of it as my mustache, but as our mustache… only I am the one that has to look like a fool.
You can find out more information by visiting www.movember.com. Please check out My Mo Spaceto donate, as well as see my motivation and my progress both financially and facially. If you, or anyone else has any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to pass this along to family, friends, or anyone else who may be interested in joining the fight to raise awareness around men’s health.
I really appreciate you all taking the time to read this and look into this great cause. The Huskie Hockey Family is a strong, loyal and passionate one; as is the Medix Family. I am proud and honored to be a part of both organizations, and look forward to seeing the volume of funds and awareness we are able to raise by combining the two!
Together we can change the face of men’s health!
Coach Goldsmith changing the face of Men’s Health