I Challenge You! (…to Support Breast Cancer Awareness this Sunday, and Men's Health next Month)

I Challenge You! (…to Support Breast Cancer Awareness this Sunday, and Men's Health next Month)

If given more time, I would have loved to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Old First! Oh wait there is still time!

This Sunday wear Pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Did you know (according to the statistics of BreastCancer.org) :

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • About 2,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2016. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

Know the cause, join the cause!

As November is Men’s Health Month, I’d like to challenge all the members of Old First to participate in growing a mustache for “Movember.” The Movember Foundation is the a charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. They’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. In a statement from the foundation:

“We know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. We’re independent of government funding, so we can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works. In 13 years we’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world…Help us stop men dying too young. Join the movement.”

I, JohnPeter, challenge the Congregation of Old First, UCC to grow beards by November 20th in an effort to raise awareness of Men’s Health.

The mustache is the “ribbon” or universal symbol for the Movember Foundation. Growing your “mo” will cause awareness and pose others to question, ‘why the mo?’ And lastly, this isn’t an issue of gender, but a cause to support the health of our brothers, sons, fathers, male spouses, partners, etc.

Know the cause, join the cause!

*Official information on the challenge will be posted periodically on Facebook and in the bulletin.
Best,
JohnPeter – Program Assistant