By Michelle Maslanka • Producer
We did it! 30 days of mustaches in the name of men's health. You may have seen our posts throughout the month, but if not, some of the Motion Source crew proudly participated in Movember 2017 and raised $1,522 for the Movember Foundation (exceeding our $1,200 team goal!) To recap, each team member shared their motivation for participating and thoughts on the Movember experience.
I wasn’t sure at the beginning of November how I felt about my mustache, but by the end of the month, it grew on me. When I found out a friend of mine was recently diagnosed and treated for testicular cancer, I wanted to be able to contribute in any way I could. The Movember Foundation was the right place to start.
The only man who should ever have a mustache is Tom Selleck, and he should never not have a mustache. The rest of us, we do what we can to aid the cause. Suffice to say, I am very much looking forward to shaving at midnight on December 1st!
I participated in Movember to support men’s health, particularly mental health and suicide prevention. The statistic that 3 out of every 4 suicides are men is alarming. I lost a male figure in my life to suicide, so that especially hits close to home. As team captain (and the only Mo’ Sista), I felt compelled to help my team cross the finish line, and we did! I am very proud of these guys.
Why I wanted to participate: Simply said, I wanted to grow a silly 'stache to engage in dialogue with friends my age that have been putting off getting checked for prostate cancer. I coined this slogan to help in the effort: “DON’T BE SQUIRRELLY…GET TESTED EARLY ”. – John Scaletta
While this is not the first time I have attempted to rock a mustache, it is the longest I have attempted to keep one. Mostly my experience was forgetting I had one and being confused by strangers giving me weird looks in grocery stores and making my nieces cry. However, I am humbled by the support and donations we have received. It’s easy enough for me to look silly for a month, but there are real health issues men are facing and it’s nice to be a small part of the movement to address those issues.
Three people close to me have been diagnosed with testicular cancer and all have been lucky that it was caught early. Early detection and prevention is the best way to stay ahead of it so I grew a 'stache as a reminder that it can happen to anyone and to keep the conversation moving.
None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our donors. Thank you to each and every one of you! Together, we are helping change the face of men’s health.
Donors: David Brown, Lisa Brown, Julie Bruninga, Nicole Bujewski, Sofia Coria, Ross Davids, Allison Ernst, David Gall, Sam Gracia, Kate & Amanda Hill, Andrew Hoffman, Melissa Karnia, Mary Ann Maslanka, Michael Maslanka, Nick Maslanka, John Miller, Phillip Niersbach, Christopher Pagoria, Regina Pollard, Tom Scaletta, Barbara Skala, Tony Stanek, Steven Strauss, Derick Uecker, Tina Vernor, Maddie Zenz, VISA Checkout, and Anonymous Supporters.