Published on November 01, 2013
A number of local men are committed to growing moustaches to raise awareness and money for men’s health as part of the Movember campaign. Some of the participants include, front, from left, Skyler Blackie, Andrew Williams and Jim Flemming. Second row, Blois Currie, Joel Dawe, Jay Redmond, Robert Levine. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
Published on November 01, 2013
It’s not only men raising awareness for Movember, an initiative surrounding men’s health. Town of Truro employees, from left, Megan Fitzgerald, Sarah Hayter and Heather MacLean are supporting their co-workers and friends by donning fake moustaches, encouraging the men as they grow their own moustaches and helping raise awareness of the campaign. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
TRURO - Joel Dawe will be embracing the memory of his brother while intentionally growing a moustache this month.
Dawe is one of about a dozen Town of Truro Mo-Bros who are growing a moustache for the month of November in support of Movember, which raises funds and awareness about cancer and men's health. There are three ladies on the team, who will be supporting the men in their efforts.
Dawe's oldest brother, Robin, died of cancer three years ago at the age of 54. The loss sparked Dawe, 49, to take action.
"I looked up to him my whole life. At the time it breaks you up and after you reflect on it," Dawe said. "(Movember) is about honouring men who are going through it, beat it and those who didn’t survive. Cancer needs to be stopped. This dialogue has to happen ... it's easy to not do anything but we have to and hopefully this will spur someone to do" what needs to be done.
And that's not only fundraising and raising awareness. It's also seeing that men take a closer look at their overall health and get regular checkups, including prostate exams.
"It's not something I'm looking forward to ... I'm nervous ... but now I know I have to do it."
Truro’s Robert Levine, 64, said Movember is relevant to him because two years ago he was identified as "high risk" of being diagnosed with prostate cancer. A prostate exam revealed he was healthy and he continues to get annual exams.
"Just do it. It's a bit embarrassing but it’s a short, easy procedure that could save your life," said Levine, adding his father died of lung cancer at the age of 72 about 20 years ago.
Princeton Height’s Jim Flemming, 53, will participate in Movember for the second consecutive year. The normally clean-shaven Flemming will be thinking about his dad throughout the initiative.
“He missed out on six grandchildren,” Flemming said about his father who died at the age of 58 about 18 years ago.
“Men’s health is huge and it’s good to encourage others and raise money for cancer (research). And it’s pretty easy to grow a moustache and it’s fun and people identify immediately with the moustaches and why you are growing them,” he said.
By Monique Chiasson
TRURO DAILY NEWS
TRURO – A few local women are standing by men in the community who are willing to become a bit more hairy for a good cause.
Megan Fitzgerald, Sarah Hayter and Heather MacLean are Town of Truro Mo-Sistas, supporting about a dozen men who are growing moustaches as part of the Movember campaign to raise funds and awareness of cancer and men’s health.
Fitzgerald, 24, said it’s important for women to get involved, through support and encouragement.
“So many families are affected by cancer and these men are part of families,” Fitzgerald said.
“We want to motivate people to get proper health checkups and be proactive.”
Fitzgerald believes the more discussion and awareness there is about men’s health, including cancer, the less fear there will be.
“You fear what you don’t know … this helps lessen the fear and gives people a fighting chance.”
Fitzgerald said coming together, both men and women, for the cause is important because it becomes a “bonding experience, stress reliever and provides laughter” which leads to healthier people.