Since 2003 men from around the world have participated in No-Shave November or Movember. I for one, have not joined in the movement...until now.
For a handful of years I have watched others grow beards and mustaches during November. I knew the movement was in the name of men's health, but I wasn't sure I could make an impact. My tune has changed. As a principal and dad I see a tremendous need for our kids to have strong, male role models.
For several years many students have made their way into my heart. I could sit here and list them, but instead I'll share a story that sums up my changed perspective.
At the end of last year I had a mom approach me. She asked for a minute of my time. Her son had been at Warner for a couple years and she told me that I was the only male figure he looked up to. She thanked me for driving him home on multiple occasions, having several one-on-one talks with him, and for simply taking him under my wing. I graciously smiled and told her that she has a great son that needs her guidance and support in finding positive influences. It was a brief, but powerful conversation.
There are many men around this country that have stepped-up as male role models. I'm fortunate to see men each week mentor our youth in the Kids Hope Program. I also have friends that are Big Brothers and Big Sisters, they support our youth in a crucial way.
Here are some statisitics on why we need more men to step up as role models:
- 43% of U.S. Children live without their father
- 85% of all children who show behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes
- 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
The most common cancer for men is prostate cancer. Screening is suggested for at risk men between the ages of 40-45. For all others at age 50. Are you at risk? It is best to consult your physician.
American Cancer Society
Here's the challenge I'm issuing:
- Participate in No-Shave November and encourage your colleagues/friends to donate to the cause. On the 10th, 20th and 30th days of the month you need to post a pic of yourself and how much you have raised.
- Set-up a visit to your physician. If, at the very least, for a physical. Be proactive with your health.
- Get active! Set an example for our youth by making exercise a priority.
- Donate to a worth while charity. Most people donate to the American Cancer Society, but you can also donate to these great causes -
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
- Testicular Cancer Foundation
- Zero - for prostate cancer
- Larry King - cardiac foundation
This Week's Big Question: Are you up for the Movember Challenge?
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