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Get ready! Get set! Mo!

Movember kicks off November 1st

Family – it’s why I ‘Mo.

Ten years ago my father, Gregory Teskey, received some devastating news from the family doctor – he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Back then, the Movember movement was still in its infancy with 30 participants growing moustaches in Australia and New Zealand to raise awareness of prostate cancer and depression in men. Today over four million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas spend November helping the Movember campaign raise $574 million to tackle a variety of men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.

I grew my first ‘Mo (or moustache, for those not up with the Movember vernacular) in November 2010 while living in Hay River. The winters in Canada’s north can be bitterly cold and as a member of the local volunteer fire department, a little extra facial hair went a long way.  I`ve stuck with the tried and true “Trucker ‘Stache” every year since.

While I took part in corporate Movember challenges before, I had never seen a company so supportive of the initiative until I joined Stantec. We are consistently ranked in the top five in Canada and top ten in the world for corporate participation and funds raised. Many of our offices have their own teams and fundraising efforts. (To join or support a Stantec team, search for Stantec at the top right of the Movember home page.)

The rules are simple:

  1. Once registered, a Mo Bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face.
  2. For the entire month of Movember, each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache.
  3. Joining your Mo to your side burns is strictly forbidden (that’s considered a beard).
  4. Joining your handlebars to your chin is also a strict no-no (that’s considered a goatee).
  5. And last, but not least, a Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true country gentleman.

Early detection of prostate cancer is recommended for men over the age of 50. Higher-risk individuals, including those of African ancestry or with a family history of the disease, should talk to their doctors about being tested at an earlier age. This year, nearly 24,000 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer while one in every 1,000 Canadian men will be diagnosed with it at some point in their life.

As for my dad, he’s still going strong at the age of 75. His prostate cancer is monitored through a noninvasive program called “Watchful Waiting,” where a doctor relies on changes in the patient’s symptoms before pursuing further treatment. My dad spends his time doting on a growing family and looking forward to what the future holds.

If you’ve never taken part in Movember and want more information, go HERE.

Patrick Teskey is a marketing coordinator in our Red Deer office.

Gregory and Patrick

While I took part in corporate Movember challenges before, I had never seen a company so supportive of the initiative until I joined Stantec.

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