Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Movember Is Coming! Packer's Kuhn Is Ready.

It's just over a week now til November. Annually across the US and the world, and here at GMM, that means moving from one gender's cancer to another's. Each year November is celebrated as Movember - when men grow moustaches in order to raise awareness and funds for men's health including prostate cancer.

Kuhn in the process of getting shaved
This year, Green Bay Packers fan favorite John Kuhn and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network are teaming up for “Green and Gold Movember,” a prostate cancer public awareness initiative encouraging men to grow out their facial hair during the month of November. Green and Gold Movember launched Oct. 21, 2014 when Kuhn, a two-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl performer, shaved his trademark beard during a private kickoff event at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital campus. Video of his shave can be seen at this story on WISN.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Take Prostate Cancer to the Limit With Movie Screening

It seems its all about bikes for me lately. With Movember coming up, the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride isn't the only moto-related prostate cancer fundraiser.

Hal’s Harley-Davidson is proud to support the Movember movement and changing the face of men’s health. They’re going to kick-off Movember a few weeks early by bringing in a special guest, Peter Starr, to share his story with you while raising funds for Prostate Cancer Education on Thursday, October 9th at 6pm.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Man's Best Friend: Deaf Dogs Are Pets Too

Glory is one of the two deaf dogs that I am honored
to have had in my life. 
I was pleasantly surprised to see a notice that this week, the last full week of September, is Deaf Dog Awareness Week. I was not aware that this existed before today. So what, and why is this important? As a former companion to two deaf dogs and foster parent to others, I have a very personal connection to this awareness event. I know first hand that deafness has little impact on the dog and the joy and fulfillment they can bring to our lives.

As it turns out National Dog Week and International Week of the Deaf coincide so the combination of the two makes sense. Why do we need an awareness event for this? Well, dog adoption in general needs all the help it can get but especially those with an 'issue' or disability need people to speak out for them. Hearing a dog is deaf may out pause in a possible adopter and they need assurance it won't be an issue, and can even be more fulfilling than a hearing dog.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NFL Should Form, Fund A Respect Organization

I saw a post on social media saying the NFL should change their primary recipient of support and funding from that certain rose-hued campaign to supporting Domestic Violence awareness. I get what they are saying. First the pink campaign has little to do with its people - sure there are probably plenty of players impacted by a friend or family member with breast cancer - but with Ray Rice as the latest, there have been more than enough reports of players involved in DV. Add to that the questionable value of the pink campaign and looking for another cause where support could be better controlled becomes relevant. Not that DV specifically is a bad idea, but I have a better one. I think the NFL should create a sensitivity program not only for its players but for all athletic programs (and others as well) - or maybe I should spin it the other way - maybe they should support a cause not only to the public, but to their players as well. There are plenty of player- and team-related stories where general respect and sensitivity are lacking and promoting it to the players and through them to all men could have huge, immediate impact.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Distinguished Gentleman' Ride - Motorcycles For Men's Health

When fundraising and awareness efforts combine a great cause with a unique method is a win for all involved. At GMM here we are always looking for charitable events that are by and/or for men - and when the two are combined - when it is a man-friendly event for a men's cause, well it gets the GMM seal of approval, for what that's worth. At the end of the month I will be participating in an event that is all about Greater Milwaukee Men -  The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, an international motorcycle ride for Classics, cafĂ© racers, bobbers, trackers, customs, modern classics, classic scooters & undefinable 2/3 wheeled machines to raise awareness and finds for prostate cancer on September 28. The Milwaukee ride details are here, and there is a Facebook page.

On the surface that's two tings going for this event - motorcycles, and prostate cancer - but it ups the ante by making it a unique ride. Participants in the ride are called on to dress up - be dapper - on their bikes (vintage preferred).