Jonny attended the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) event in Champaign, IL, hosted by our very own angel, Jen Smith. The all-day conference featured speakers Bruce Weber ( U of Illinois’s basketball coach) spoke and our Jonny Imerman. The crowd: about 50 women attendees, all young adults with breast cancer or young adult breast cancer survivors . Jonny reported a “great crew, great event!” Jen (pictured below with Jonny’s brother Jeff) sported a pink moustache (made of cupcake frosting) to support MOVEMBER!
IA friend and VP of the I’m Too Young for This Cancer Foundation, Jack Bouffard, reps IA to the maxx on Halloween, dressing up as our founder at the 2nd Annual Stupid Cancer Halloween Scaretacular Costume Ball in NYC. Well played, Jack!
The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.
In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – representing the single largest donation they had ever received.
The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.
In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is offering their second webcast for young adult cancer survivors (aged 18-19), “Getting the Answers You Need: Fatigue and Other Cancer Treatment Side Effects.” This live webcast will be held on Wednesday, October 20 from 8:30-9:30 pm (ET). Participants will be able to ask questions of healthcare professionals and a YA cancer survivor, as well as chat online. YAs can register at www.LLS.org/YAconnect.
CHICAGO BLOOD CANCER FOUNDATION’S “OUT FOR BLOOD” BIKE RIDE – PEDAL TO CURE LYMPHOMA, LEUKEMIA, AND MYELOMA
Join Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation’s “Out For Blood” Team for the North Shore Century Bike Ride on Sunday, September 12, 2010 and raise money for blood cancer research. Every dollar raised by or donated to riders will go to blood cancer research! Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation is underwriting the costs of registration for the first 50 riders committed to raising money for blood cancer research who register on-line for the ”Out for Blood” Team. ”Out For Blood” Team riders are requested (but not required) to raise $1,000 or more for blood cancer research. Those raising $100 or more will received a t-shirt and Riders who raise $350 or more also will receive the coveted “Out For Blood” Jersey. Apart from participating in a scenic and fabulous ride, your efforts will help to cure blood cancer.
Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation will have an on-site greeting area. The ride begins at Evanston Township High School at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning with flexible morning start times. Ride a mile, a 100 miles, or somewhere in between. Riders can choose from a variety of routes: 25-mile; 50-mile; 62-mile; 75-mile, and 100-mile. Free refreshments will be available at the registration area before you begin your ride.
Non-riders may participate by forming on-line “Virtual Vampire Teams” and qualify to earn t-shirts and jerseys. Riders and non-riders alike are welcome to participate in the Post Ride Celebration. This is a great event for an extremely important cause! More important, all of the money you raise or donate will go to blood cancer research. Let’s pedal and cure blood cancer.
Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation is committed to curing lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma; ensuring that cutting edge treatments and world class care and physicians remain available to area patients battling blood cancer, and addressing issues of concern to patients and families impacted by blood cancer. Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization led exclusively by volunteers impacted by blood cancer. Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation invites you to join it on the superhighway to curing cancer. It is proud to partner with Imerman Angels.