I look like a giant baby, and that’s okay.

I look like a giant baby, and that’s okay.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a creepy mustache must be in want of a razor.

– Jane Austen

Sorry, not this month, Ms. Austen.

It’s that happy time of the year again, when you start noticing men around you who normally sport facial hair suddenly shaving it all off and starting fresh, and men who normally go clean-shaven seeming to let themselves go all of a sudden.

Yep, it’s Movember!

I shaved myself clean yesterday morning to kick off Day 1 of Movember, and all it took was dropping off my son at preschool before a fellow parent noticed and asked what the deal was. See, normally, I sport a Van Dyke of sorts, and for good reason; between my shaved round head, my cherubic cheeks, and my light-as-a-feather eyebrows, when I don’t have some sort of facial hair I have a tendency to look like some sort of gigantic man-sized baby.

Clearly I would not shave it off without a good reason, knowing that is what I look like.

This year I am excited to be teaming up with a huge group of guys, combining the efforts of the guys from Dad 2.0 Summit, Life of Dad, the National At-Home Dad Network, Dad Bloggers, and various Mo’ Bros and Mo’ Sistas from around the world. Each of us on the Dads & Bloggers Team has committed to being a living billboard for the Movember message.

And that message? Our goal? Quite simply, we want to raise money and awareness for some of the criminally underfunded and under-reported health issues facing men: prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health.

A few facts about the issues we are tackling

Prostate Cancer

  • In the US, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer.
  • A man is 35% 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.

Testicular Cancer

  • The most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 35.
  • A highly treatable type of cancer with a very good cure rate (about 95%) if found and treated early.

Mental Health

  • Men face unique challenges when it comes to them their mental well-being, with the associated stigma (of shame and embarrassment) often preventing them from seeking help and taking action.
  • Over 6 million men (7% of the population) are diagnosed with depression each year.

You can make a donation by going to my Movember page at: mobro.co/chrisroutlyThere you can also read more about Movember — it’s history, causes, effectiveness, and how to get involved yourself.

In addition to all of this goodness, our friends at Microsoft recently announced that they are so excited by the combined Dads & Bloggers Team effort that they will be awarding prizes to the highest fundraiser and whomever grows the Most Stylish Mo’ on the team! Prizes include brand new Surface 2 tablets and tickets to New Orleans for the Dad 2.0 Summit!

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