My uncle died a few years ago from prostate cancer, which appeared out of nowhere.
That’s why one of my favorite “viral” Internet sensations is Movember, a global campaign to raise funds and awareness for male cancer research.
Each year, millions participate in support of daring men who start clean-shaven on Nov.1 and dedicate the rest of the month to growing a moustache and getting others involved in this good cause.
It’s the only time of year when I can get away (at work and at home) with a nasty truck-driver mo and a cowboy hat. And if you create a team (as we did at Syncapse), Movember is a great way to drive camaraderie among friends and coworkers around the globe.
Before my uncle died, he urged me to get tested early and often. Prostate cancer runs in my family, as evidenced by his suffering. Given his smoking, he should’ve died of lung cancer instead.
Second, he would’ve had a fighting chance had he gone to the doctor and gotten himself checked out more frequently. This behavior makes him typical of many men, and underscores why education and awareness is perhaps equally as important as finding cures.
If you are thinking of giving this holiday season, please consider donating to my Movember campaign. There’s a secure online form that takes 60 seconds to complete -- even a few dollars would make a difference. If not mine, then consider donating to the Movember campaign of someone else you know.
You have a few more days.