(Love the Movember ‘stach JI)
Just when you thought there was a Groupon for everything, the popular company has stepped up to provide the opportunity to donate to Imerman Angels. Each Groupon sells for $5. If 200 people make a contribution, we will have the funds to take our contact management database to the next level!
As always, donations to IA help us to push our mission to the next level, reaching out to as many cancer fighters and survivors that we can to pair them in 1-on-1 relationships. Please stop by Groupon and show love for the Angels!
(Thank you, Groupon, for supporting our cause.)
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.
Stay Classy has named Michelle (see below) as a finalist in the individual fundraising category in Chicago and….she MADE IT to the national round and it’s ALL DOWN TO VOTES. Right now, she’s in third place to win $10K to help offset Lauren’s medical bills and we’d LOVE your support in getting the word out. http://ow.ly/316lZ She is in the “Best Individual Fundraiser” category, “Running 26 Miles To Help LC Beat Cancer.” If you would be so kind to vote and post for others – it literally takes five seconds to vote and would mean the world to us!
I’m running the Chicago Marathon in honor of Lauren Cohen’s road to recovery!
In December, my work colleague and friend, Lauren, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. To support her, I am training to run this year’s Chicago Marathon in her name. More importantly, in order to help Lauren be able to focus on kicking cancer and getting better, I am raising funds to help support her medical bills for her treatment and recovery.
Lauren is someone I am so happy to have the chance to work and be friends with at Weber Shandwick. As our own little Tinkerbell, she is a force to be reckoned with because of her amazing attitude and strength, I am wishing her all the best in her recovery!