Help Kirkland Firefighters raise money for the Movember Foundation

Your Kirkland Firefighters are competing against Bellevue and Eastside Firefighters to see who can raise the most money for the Movember Foundation. That’s why there are a lot of “developing” moustaches on the faces of local Firefighters.

Help Kirkland beat Bellevue and Eastside!

  

About the Campaign

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. Your Kirkland Firefighters have joined this campaign.  With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

On November 1st participants begins clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim, and wax their way into the chronicles of fine moustachery. Supported by their friends, family, and the women in their lives, known as Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts. Kirkland Firefighters have effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

Funds raised here in the US support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds are directed to programs run directly by Movember and its men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship, and research. Please visit our “Mo Space” page at https://www.movember.com/us/donate/your-details/team_id/376054 and consider donating to this worthy cause.

 

Close to Home

While the purpose of the Kirkland Firefighter’s joining this campaign is clear, an even deeper meaning is innate among them all.  According to  report published by the University of Cincinnati, researchers discovered that firefighters are 100 percent more likely to develop testicular cancer, 50 percent more likely to develop multiple myeloma (incurable bone marrow cancer) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and 28 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than the general population.

 

Movember - a global movement Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.1 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Ireland.

No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.

In 2010, over 64,500 US Mo Bros and Mo Sistas got on board, raising $7.5 million USD. Globally, 447,808 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas from across nine countries, raised in excess of $81 million for men’s health programs.

Big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health around the world, but there is still much to be done to catch up with the women’s health movement. By way of the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health issues each year.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user qthrul