Forgive me, but I’m going to take today’s Morning Meeting for a personal message. Fear not, though, there’s a Gamecock connection.
Who’s heard of Movember? I had, but only vaguely until my friend Larry Williams reached out earlier this month. So here’s the deal on Movember, from the organization’s website, “The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health. The Movember community has raised $559 million to date and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won't stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist.”
Larry writes about Clemson for TigerIllustrated.com, and he has started a Movember team to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer research. He thought it would be a good idea to make it a friendly rivalry between the Carolina and Clemson people to spur donations, and I agreed, although it took me almost a week and a half to get the guts to commit to it, which is why you are only hearing about this on Nov. 10.
I have no doubt, though, that my tardiness can be overcome by your kind hearts. I mean, I know none of you are going to sit there and let a bunch of Clemson people Out-Do Good you. Larry’s team has 17 members and a head start. My challenge to you guys is to catch up.
Go to the team page (http://us.movember.com/team/1809425) to donate. Give a dollar, give a ten, give whatever you’d like, but let’s take this easy opportunity to impact some statistics that have a lot more meaning than yards per carry. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and almost 30,000 will die this year from the condition despite the fact that it is treatable, particularly when detected early.
Prostate cancer affects mostly men over the age of 40, and the average age at the time of detection is 66. In short, prostate cancer affects college football fans, and we would miss you guys terribly if you were gone. So, give money and get checked.
The rules of Movember are few but explicit – It must be a mustache. Rule No. 3: “No joining of the Mo to your side burns (That’s considered a beard).”
This is the part where I freely admit I am cheating. However, as a representative of the SEC in this competition, I believe I am abiding by the spirit of the league’s long held mantra of, “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.” I simply don’t have the type of manly facial hair growth to make a moustache-only look fly for a month. My hope is that the totality of sketchiness of my facial hair will draw attention away from any specific area, and my plan is to shave it to a moustache the day of the Clemson game (and only the day of the Clemson game).
I shaved on Nov. 1 and have not shaved since. I will start posting pictures of my progress as soon as the donations start flowing in. I have confidence in you guys. And thank you.