Movember Mo Bros rally for the cause
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:30

Team raises funds for mens’ cancer research

by John G. Bailey

    Faculty men with mustaches of various lengths and fashion battled on the court in an after-school game at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts on Nov. 9. Two women faculty members played as well. The spirited Mo Bros Celebrity Basketball Game matched the worthiness of their cause. The Red team topped the Blue team, 35-28.
    Mo is short for Movember. Movember is an annual movement of men dedicated to raising funds for fighting prostate and testicular cancer and raising awareness of these diseases.
    Every year, individual men from around the world pledge to leave their lips unshaven for the month of November in return for monetary donations.

    Teams are formed. The Mo Bros are the 35 faculty members who represent Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts. The Mo Bros set a fundraising goal of $10,000 for the end of the month, up from $5,000 last year.  The Mo Bros Celebrity Basketball game was one of several fundraising events for November planned for this year. Student tickets, Mo Bro shirts and food were sold.
    The highlight of the game came during the halftime show contests, when Richard Nolet, a cancer survivor whose daughter, Melani Nolet captained the Blue team, brought student spectators to their feet with a swoosh shot from the foul line on the first try. The crowd roared.    
    The culminating Movember event occurs on Thursday, November 29, during the Big Finish, when Mo Bros parade their tonsorial efforts for reward and censure in contests for the best, worst and creepiest mustaches. Rights to vote will be sold, along with fake mustaches, and more shirts and food.
    Off campus, the campaign continues on Friday, Nov. 30, with the Patapsco Mo Bro Farewell Stash Bash at Jimmy’s Seafood Restaurant, during happy hour from 3 to 8 p.m. A precentage of sales will be donated to the Mo Bro team goal. The public is welcome. No minors. Call 856-905-7835 for more information. 
    The cause is urgent. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, which is the second leading cause of male cancer death in the U.S. Testicular cancer is the leading cancer in American men between the ages of 15 and 35.
    In 2011, the Movember movement raised $126.3 million world-wide in 21 countries.