What a month of Movember it’s been! From a record-setting national effort ($29.5M and counting) to a-MO-zing stories right here at home, we’ve all been thrilled to see so many Mo Bros and Mo Sistas stepping it up to change the face of men’s health.
Back on Movember 1st, Team Breakfast Television Edmonton set a fundraising goal of $10,000. When it came time to close our raffle and draw the winner of our BT Movember prize pack on Movember 28th, we were thrilled to report an actual total of $13,000 (with a few days left to go). On a personal front, I had hoped to raise $5,000 for the cause. I’m amazed to see the actual total topping $9,000. Thank you to each and every one of you (listed below) who made a donation to further prostate cancer research efforts in Canada.
It was a me-MO-rable (I can’t resist) Movember on BT. Starting with Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason shaving his Mo of 40 years and a round of finger Mo tattoos with the Crimson Empire gang to tips on healthy eating/living and the Mayor shaving his Mo live on the air, it was a month we won’t soon forget. I was honoured to share my shave with Greg Burns during our final Movember Monday of 2011. The marketing manager for Edmonton City Centre Mall brought a couple instructors from the Eveline Charles Academy along with him (oh, and a donation of $1,000 toward the cause).
Congratulations to Adam Rozenhart, winner of our 2011 BT Movember prize pack. Thank you so much to our sponsors who made such an appealing offering possible: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Marmot Basin, d’Lish Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar, the Edmonton Oilers, Crowley’s Jewellers, Hudsons Canadian Taphouse, Broadway Across Canada, Ricci Hair Company, Heather de Kok Floral Design, Crimson Empire Tattoo, The Chopped Leaf, Identity Clothing, Lord’s Shoes, MyBlackcard & Schick.
All of our Movember efforts go to waste if the MO-mentum (there I go again) stops here. I encourage each and every one of you men to book an annual physical exam with your doctor. All too often we ignore early warning signs (or miss them altogether). Prostate cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer – up to 90% – when detected early.
I can’t thank each of you who donated this month in person, but I can thank you here. Larry Irla, Rene Mayer, Erin Despas, Gregg Konachowicz, Kylee Quinn, Alexa Walcott, Andrew Wheatley, Melsha Shea, Kathy Butkovic, Jeff Chivers, Katie Cook, Lesley Hansen, Michael Keindel, Kendra Hopaluk, Nancy Critchley, Tanya Dove, Angela Webster, Ann King, Peter Thomson, George Fraser, Sherry Liimatainen, Erin Taylor, LeeAnn Roy, Arlene Pitts, Heather Pollock, Tyler Labrecque, Jonas Jespersen, Tammy Jespersen, Kristina Schwartz, Carol Reyda, Michael Brechtel, Jay Rudy, Michel Feist, Davis Graham, Melissa Ferreira, Zohreh Saher, Meagan Kelly, Adam Rozenhart, Nathan Friesen, Jenny Humphries, Richard McIntyre, Donna Arthurs, Chris Rossum, Megan Jespersen, Gwen Penney, Bridget Ryan, Bruce & Catherine Jespersen, Michael Allarie, Paulena Dubyk, Janelle Sloychuk, Charmaine Dorchak, Chris Bolivar, Aaron Probert, Deborah Bortscher, Chris Foster, Wess Langille, Diana Warowicki, Kristi Kastelein, Gary Skelton, Stephanie Enders, Anne Semeniuk, Tim Lozinik, Hannah Beckingham, John Hawkhurst, Amber Punga, Shawn La Haie, Michael Whidden, Amy Wolski, Shelley McDonald, Gloria Dekker, Lucas Favel, Jeff Nielsen, Jackie Arcand, Jim Fyshe, Stefane Bellec, Tammy Lockhart, Melanie Sorensen, Stephanie McDougald, Corinne Rogers, Richard Ireland, Jeff Woodward, Allison Dosman, Kelly Sears, Dan & Jenn Dromarsky, Dave Valentine, Karen Langpap, Laurie Schneider, Colin & Nicole Schieman, Simon, Sjoujke & Kingsley Remark, Leon Ewanick, Allison Salz, Barb Atamaniuk, Lily Tsui, Cheryl Emmerling, Erik Nilsen, Russell Eliuk, Heather McNabb, Sorin Mihailovici, Edmonton City Centre Mall, Meredith McLennan, Devon Meador, Scott Bruck, Terry Russell, Jane Ropchan, Andrea Babic, Julie Caron, Trevor Boller, Ken De Wit, Tatjana Rudy, Cathy Bird, Andrea De Klerk, Chris Vining, Carol Dreger, Carmen Molloy, Tracy Kennedy, Karen Wirtanen, Karen Command, Stephen & Kelli Blank, Ingrid Butler-Sieben, Dru Edmiston, Cheryl Hand, Dave Poirier, Corrina Kelbert, Leanne Rosko, Chantell Barone, Shannon Simpson, Kelly Noland, AnneMarie Pedersen, Cory Cremer, Jessica Beaudry, Stephanie Good, Heidi McCartan, Carol Lindequist, Lynn Cisco, Dyan Ball, Carol Petterson, Sergio Turlione, Clint Hollinger and those of you who chose to remain anonymous – thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you as well to those of you who left meaningful messages along with your donations. One in particular, from Corinne Rogers, stuck with me:
“I am a nursing student, who just spent 6 weeks on the urology unit at the UAH, and it moved me to witness what patients and their families with prostate cancer have to face. This is why I donated today.”
Together, we can work toward a future where prostate cancer will no longer claim grandfathers, fathers, uncles, brothers, partners, sons, teammates and friends. I am proud to stand amongst the thousands of men who sacrifice a clean shave (along with our dignity) for one month every year with that as our goal.
2011 Movember Edmonton Gala - Cook County Saloon