Movember Jax is the Jacksonville, Florida chapter of the Movember Foundation — a worldwide, grassroots charity working to “change the face” of men’s health. Participants around the world take up the cause each November by growing and supporting mustaches to raise awareness/funds for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as men’s mental health initiatives.
Since 2009, Movember Jax has raised over $130,000 in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation
and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. This is in thanks to our dedicated Mo Bros and Mo
Sistas, amazing supporters and generous partners like Downtown Vision, Mellow
Mushroom, Bold City Brewery, Jameson, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
How Movember Works
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of
men’s faces in the U.S. and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds
for men’s health issues — specifically prostate and testicular cancer, as well as men’s mental health initiatives.
Once registered at movember.com, men start Movember 1st 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 annals of
fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by
seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.
Mo Bros 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.
Why We Do It
The statistics surrounding prostate and testicular cancers, as well as mental health issues, in 2014 speak for themselves. According to the American Cancer Society and the Movember Foundation:
- 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime
- About 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2015
- 29,480 men will die of prostate cancer in 2015
- 6 cases of prostate cancer in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-34
- 8,720 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed in 2015
- About 380 men will die of testicular cancer in 2015
- 1 in 4 adults in the United States will struggle with a mental health issue in a given year
- On average 87 men each day take their life by suicide in the USA
- The highest rate of depression is in men aged 40 – 59