By Darla Shelden
In November, two events in Oklahoma City will work to raise awareness about important men’s health issues, prostate and testicular cancer. The Second Annual Movember Moustache Bash and Integris Hospital’s Prostates and Pancakes will both be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, to do just that.
The Pancakes and Prostates breakfast, along with free prostate screenings will start 8 a.m. at the Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma, 5911 W. Memorial Rd. That evening, doors will open at 4 p.m. to the Movember Moustache Bash, a global moustache growing charity event featuring eight rock bands, at the Chameleon Room, 3034 N. Portland.
The Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma Urology Clinic, ProCure Proton Therapy Center and the Integris Men’s Health University will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., for $5 per person. Free PSA blood tests and prostate exams are available between 8 a.m. and noon for men 50 years of age and older, unless there is a previous family history. The Lion’s Club of Oklahoma’s mobile unit will also offer a variety of men’s health screenings throughout the event.
Prostates and Pancakes features giveaways and door prize drawings with proceeds benefitting the Men’s Health Network. Reservations are required and can be made at 405-951-2277.
The Movember Moustache Bash will swing into action Saturday evening at 5 p.m., with live entertainment by Signal 88, Eyes Made Ready, Big Okie Doom, Sets of Failure, Drunk on Monday, Stinnett Brothers, Groove Underground and Chronik Kondition. A $5 donation at the door will go to the Whisker Warriors Mo Bros team. The event will feature a 50 / 50 drawing, raffle prizes and a Corn Hole Tournament. Items for sale include Movember t-shirts and koozies.
Wes Malone, co-organizer for the Moustache Bash said, “I got involved with Movember because one of my close friends from high school had testicular cancer when we were 19. He battled cancer for 7 years, and passed away in 2009 from leukemia. Inspired by his journey, I want to try to make a difference with men’s cancer awareness and men’s health in general.”
Beginning Nov. 1st, Movember participants shave their faces to kick off their moustache campaigns. A sudden moustache appearance can raise the question, ‘why the Mo?”
“Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November,” said Malone. “Through our actions and words we raise awareness by prompting conversations around the, often ignored, issue of men’s health. The men of Movember will talk about our health, and do whatever we can to make sure that we’re around for the people who love and support us.”
Movember’s goal is to increase early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment, reducing the number of cancer deaths. Moustache Bash proceeds benefit programs run directly by Movember and their health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong Foundation.
“Moustache Bash co-organizer Kris Buchanan said, “I personally have not been affected by prostate cancer, but a very good friend of mine, Wes Malone, was touched deeply by it. I felt something needed to be done. The medical field runs deep in my family and they tell me that not enough is said about men’s health. I knew I had to take action and help Wes in any way I could.”
The theme for 2012 is “Movember & Sons,” encouraging all men to seek and share knowledge about prostate and testicular cancer with loved ones, especially between fathers and sons.
“Prostate Cancer took away the person who I admired the most, my grandpa,” said Luis Saenz, OKC Mo Bros team captain. “My dad is currently having issues with it and three years ago at age 33, I had my first symptoms. At first, I didn’t pay attention to it, later I denied it. Although no cancer was found, I had to go through some tough months involving hospitals, treatments and a daily pill, which I continue to take to this day. I never thought that at my age I’d be dealing with prostate issues, so I decided to become involved in raising awareness among men, specially the Latino community, where machismo and taboos interfere with men’s health.”
Donate to the OKC Mo Bros at us.movember.com/team/476153 or to the Whisker Warriors at us.movember.com/team/425353. Contact [email protected] for more information.