You Are The Hero This Country Needs and Deserves
So, every year we go out during the month of November and see an abundance of scruffy faces looking more homely than the rest of the year. We’ll often think to ourselves that it’s “No Shave November” or “Movember,” but forget the whole idea behind those names. Some people may still not even know what the reason for this tradition is or how these names came about. In an effort to not let that get lost this year, I have gone the extra mile in my attempt to raise awareness for prostate cancer this year.
As many of you may know, I got married in the middle of November last year and was therefore unable to fully participate in the tradition of not shaving for the entire month in order to raise prostate cancer awareness. So, I chose to grow my beard out for the entire year since my wedding, and contrary to the normal tradition, have cut the bushy mask of warm brilliance completely from my face. For people that usually sport the ferocious fluff, it feels like shaving would raise more awareness and be a bigger sacrifice than letting it grow ever so slightly longer than usual.
Over the course of the year that I have grown this bodacious brillo pad, I have gotten married, received a bachelor’s degree (yea, the irony with that terminology did not pass me by), watched the cubs win the world series, seen my parents hit their 25 year anniversary, and hit my own 1 year anniversary, along with a great number of other events. A lot can happen over the course of a year, both good and bad. This was a great year for me, but for many others it may not have been. Prostate cancer strikes 1 out of every 7 men in the US and is responsible for the second largest amount of cancer-related death in men. The likelihood of someone you care about being affected by prostate cancer is unfortunately quite high. This is why I want to do something more proactive this year and why I am asking for your assistance.
I am asking those who read this to consider donating at the link provided. I have chosen Zero for many reasons but one of the most reassuring is that 97% of the funds donated will go directly towards the cause (compared to many others that average in the mid 80 percentile). They help in a multitude of ways from assisting in co-pays for prostate cancer treatment, providing free mobile testing facilities, as well as putting money towards further research for cure and prevention. Now, heroes come in all shapes and sizes with many differing sizes of bank accounts, but I’m asking that, if you can, you’ll donate $5 at the link provided. Now some of you may be thinking, “Only five dollars, what’s that going to do?” Well, I welcome you to donate as much as you please, but I promise that if enough people donate, that $5 will add up nicely as anyone who’s lived off tips knows all too well. Others of you may be thinking the opposite, “Come on Jake, you know that five dollars is the only thing I have to buy Ramen with to make sure that I live long enough to grow my beard to the end of November.” Well, there is nothing to worry about. I do not ask that you donate if you can’t afford it, but instead I ask that you share this with your friends and family. You don’t have to know me to contribute to such an important cause. I also ask that you take a look at www.zerocancer.org and find a free testing center near you and get yourself tested. Chances are that if you’re reading this, either I care about you, or whoever shared this with you cares about you, so even without donating you can at least ease your mind and that of the people around you for no cost at all thanks to the generous donations of others. The recovery rate for people who discover prostate cancer in its early stages is nearly at 100%. It’s not college football, but I’d take those odds.
So while I’m going from being known as “The Lumberjack” to being referred to as “Nice try kid, I’m gonna need to see some ID,” please help contribute to this cause in whatever way you can. There’s been a lot of negativity thrown around on facebook and social media lately, and I feel that it’s time to add a bit of positivity and love back into this environment. Now enjoy some pictures of me going from woodcutter to smooth as butter.