The Mo Bros Amongst Us: Growing Hair for a Cause

 

Charlie Chaplin, the monocled guy from Monopoly, Groucho Marx, Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit, and all of our dads in the 1980s had one. However, like all fashions throughout history, the heyday of the gentleman’s moustache has waned over the last few decades: we live in a goatee and beard world now. So when the moustache starts showing up in the boardrooms, offices and hallways at work, it does tend to make people stop, look, and ask, “What’s that?”

If it’s November, there’s a good chance that you’ve just spotted a “Mo Bro” growing a moustache in Movember. A movement that started in Australia in 2003, Movember is a month-long global event that raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues. In the U.S., the funds are donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and The Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Some important facts:

  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime
  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime
  • the rate of prostate cancer in men is comparable to the rate of breast cancer in women

“…if you’re doing it for the right reasons, you can pull it off.” 

For Anthony Mikolasy, this is his fifth year participating in Movember, and his first year organizing the event at Concur. When he was growing his moustache for the first time five years ago, “I looked like a kitten.” He says, “I just had a few whiskers.” But so far, this year is his best yet. People give him an appraising stare, claiming, “You know, you really can wear that thing.”

His reasons behind organizing and participating in the event stems from a personal place: both of Anthony’s grandfathers are survivors of prostate cancer, thanks to early detection. When Anthony arrives at his family’s Thanksgiving dinner each year, he comes sporting a fully grown moustache. For them, the symbol of the moustache is both moving and honoring. For him, it’s a demonstration of his love for them and dedication to their continued health and longevity.

What has his moustache taught him? “No matter how you look, if you believe in it, are compassionate about it, and if you’re doing it for the right reasons, you can pull it off.”

How You Can Help Movember

Movember isn’t just for men. Mo Bros are supported worldwide by their Mo Sistas (the women who love and support the efforts of the Mo Bros in their life). And whether we’re sporting a moustache or not, we can all do at least one of the following to show our support:

  • It’s not too late to recruit and form your own Movember team at work and/or among your friends and family. Find out how to register.
  • You can make donations in any amount (everything helps) to Movember.
  • You can send this article to other people who might want to learn more or donate to Movember. 
  • Check in with your family physician for your annual checkup. Staying current is one of he best ways for all of us to stay healthy. Early detection of any disease can be the best defense for curing illness.

The next time you see a moustache, know that you might be in the midst of someone partaking in an important cause: raising awareness to support the health of men everywhere.

Learn more about Movember and Concur’s team.

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