Movember at UNC: Mo Bros & Mo Sistas Raise more than $42,000 for Men's Health

Newly formed in 2014, the UNC Movember Network -- a dynamic group of students, educators, researchers, scientists, professionals, friends and extended family – committed itself locally to a global fundraising campaign in support of men’s health programs.

Movember at UNC: Mo Bros & Mo Sistas Raise more than $42,000 for Men's Health click to enlarge UNC Radiology's "X-Rayted" team, top fundraisers within UNC's Movember Network
Movember at UNC: Mo Bros & Mo Sistas Raise more than $42,000 for Men's Health click to enlarge UNC Urology members and Movember enthusiasts Dr. Matt Nielsen, John Stillerman & Tryston Jack.

 For those participating in the Movember campaign, the challenge was straightforward -- sign up, shave down your face on Movember 1, grow a moustache for 30 days straight, and enlist donations toward men’s health programs supported by the Movember Foundation.

Whether participants grew and shaped a Fu Man Chu, or began daily waxing of their handlebar Mo, their efforts helped advance research and awareness of men’s health initiatives linked to prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Mo-growing aside, Mo Sistas joined their Mo Bros in championing the cause, enlisting donations from friends and family, as well as encouraging other men to join the Mo-growing movement.

The University’s first local Movember campaign took off in 2012 when UNC’s Department of Urology enlisted just a handful of UNC Health Care System faculty and staff to participate it in the national effort. They raised almost $3,000 that year, growing their participant ranks in 2013 and raising almost $12,000.

In 2014, participation in UNC’s Movember Network caught on fast when University, UNC Health Care and UNC HCS affiliate members were encouraged to ditch the razors and sign on.The UNC Movember Network set a fundraising goal of $25,000. They blew it out of the water, raising a total of $42,662 thanks to the efforts of more than 250 growers and their supporters.

Among the 23 UNC School of Medicine and UNC HCS teams participating in Movember, “X-Rayted,” UNC’s Department of Radiology team, topped the fundraising efforts, contributing $13,493 in donations to the cause. The Department of Radiology not only earned top fundraising honors, but, 1st-year Diagnostic Radiology resident Dr. Ryan Embertson, took Best in Mo honors, claiming the “Mo-rageous Mo Award” for most outrageous Mo.

”Men's health doesn't usually get as much attention, so it was great it be involved with a fun project to increase awareness and raise money for this important cause.  "Mama said, 'make me proud.' So I did!" Embertson reflected.

Movember enthusiast and UNC Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Director, Dr. Bob Dixon, earned “Mo-money Mo” honors as the UNC Movember Network’s top individual fundraiser.

“This was a wonderful combination of fund-raising for a great cause and team-building for our residency, department and the [UNC] Health Care System as a whole. We had enthusiastic donations from technologists and nurses, as well as generous donations from the faculty.  It was clear to us throughout the month that individuals and family members who had been impacted by prostate and testicular cancer were quick to donate. The friendly competition with our colleagues in Urology brought a new level of energy to the playing field and drove our support far above the initial goal of $25,000, Dixon said"

UNC HCS Director of Urologic Oncology and Movember participant Dr. Matthew E. Nielsen, added, “Our efforts with UNC Movember have grown from humble beginnings with a sole moustache-grower [UNC Health Care Vice President for Oncology Dr. Ian Buchanan] a few years ago to a veritable horde of UNC-affiliated men (and women) raising substantial funds and increasing awareness about men’s health.  We are very proud of our team’s effort and look forward to continuing to “grow” this program in the years to come.”

Third-year Urology resident and Movember protégé Dr. Josip Vukina stated: "Much like I do with patient care and research, I just tried to channel my inner ‘Dr. Matt Nielsen’ and hoped for the best. I feel very fortunate."

Department of Urology Academic Office Manager and proud Mo-Sista Tryston Jack noted: “Movember is an excellent opportunity to approach men’s health as a team. Having the best time informing people just adds to the fun!”

Click here to learn more about the nationwide Movember movement, the newly formed UNC Movember Network … and of course, to sign on as a “grower” of fundraising support for men’s health programs through contributing to the global fundraising campaign!


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