Moustaches swept through Murfreesboro during last year’s “Movember,” and now they’re back in town.
October has been dedicated to breast cancer awareness for more than two decades, but the time has come to focus on men’s health.
Formerly known as November, “Movember” aims at garnering prostate cancer awareness Rates of prostate cancer in men are comparable to breast cancer rates in women, with a man being diagnosed with the disease every 2.7 minutes. According to recent findings, men are 40 percent more likely than women to die from cancer, due to the simple act of putting off doctor visits and failing to lead a proactively healthy lifestyle.
Each year during this time, men are challenged to start the month clean-shaven and grow a moustache. The moustache becomes the hairy ribbon for men’s health, and the guys growing them become a walking billboard for 30 days. The growth of a new moustache sparks hundreds of conversations about the seemingly taboo topics of men’s health and prostate cancer.
Now worn by hipsters and lumberjacks alike, the moustache has come a long way since its 1980s creepy guy stereotype.
In 2010, Murfreesboro resident Jonathan Taylor, an MTSU graduate, decided he wanted to educate locals about “Movember” and raise prostate cancer awareness. Local restaurants donated gift certificates for a date auction that took place at 3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse in downtown Murfreesboro. The event raised approximately $1,000 for the Movember Foundation.
While last year’s fundraising was limited to one event, Taylor has organized an array of monthlong events to appeal to the variety of supporters.
“Most guys associate November with ‘No Shave November,’ but this tradition doesn’t have any ties to a charitable movement,” Taylor explained.
While most people he encounters have never heard of “Movember,” Taylor believes it is an excellent platform for raising awareness for prostate cancer and men’s health.
Murfreesboro’s “Movember” events will kick off with a casual tailgating party Saturday before MTSU’s football game against Ragin’ Cajuns from Louisiana, the same day the university is celebrating Hall of Fame Day.
Then it’s on to the 5 o’clock Shadow Happy Hour Party on Nov. 1 at 3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse.
Coupons for $5 shave or moustache trims at Nate’s Barbershop will be available at both of these events.
For more information, visit movember.com, or go to the Movember Foundation page on Facebook to keep up to date about other upcoming events that have been scheduled for the entire month of November.