For the past nine years, our team has rallied together to raise money and awareness for an organization that we are extremely passionate about – the Movember Foundation. The Movember Foundation has made a commitment that we believe in 100%; a commitment to stop men from dying too soon. In the beginning, we set our sights small, but over time, our intentions became bigger with each passing November. Discovering that men die on average six years earlier than women set a fire within each of our team members to do more to help keep the men in our lives around longer!
The Movember Foundation, for those who may be unfamiliar, is a global charity raising funds and awareness for men’s health. The organization wants to help men live longer, healthier, and happier lives through investing in four key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity. In the next fifteen years, prostate cancer rates will double. Currently, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men aged fifteen to thirty-nine. Globally, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day. Right now, we want you to pause for a full sixty seconds. In that time period, a human being died because he was not given the resources that he needed to secure his mental health.
This past year alone, our team raised $47,655. To further acknowledge the powerhouse fundraisers our company boasts, in the past nine years, we have raised more than $220,000. To say that we are proud of one another and every friend, family, and business colleague that donated would be an understatement. However, this is only the beginning. To lower the annual percentages of men passing before their time, we have to continue to raise money and spread awareness.
In 2019, we hosted two fundraising events. The first was at Hudson Grill here in Atlanta, and the second was a MoGa (Movember Yoga) event led by yoga Instructor, Jenny Holding, co-owner of Skull Shine Studios. Each of these events not only raised money but also put our knowledgeable team members face-to-face with the public. Our goal was to talk with the Atlanta community on a personal level and let them know that to lengthen the lives of themselves and/or their loved ones, they needed to take action now!
As mentioned earlier, we take our commitment to the Movember Foundation very seriously. So much so, that our President, Adam, and his showstopping mustache, were recognized as the philanthropy’s largest fundraiser this year. His passion and dedication to others have been contagious throughout both our office and the local community. We are honored to call him our mentor and appreciated seeing his selfless efforts recognized.
How do the Movember Foundation and DMC Atlanta continue to enact change in the future? By sharing facts, uniting the world’s brightest minds, and, most importantly, listening and advocating for men. By 2030, our goal, in conjunction with the Movember Foundation’s, is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. This is a huge goal that requires strong partnerships with all levels of government, as well as research communities.
Our team here at DMC Atlanta is proud of all that we achieved for the Movember Foundation throughout the past nine years. However, our journey has just begun. We look to each of you reading this blog and urge you to think of your husband, your father, your brothers, uncles, and even your sons. Think of how much you value their lives. Think of how you would feel if they passed away before their time due to a preventable disease. Please, join us in taking action!
To donate or for more information, visit our team’s Movember Foundation profile.