Movember Comes to the GMHLNovember 2nd, 2018 at 12:58PM November 2nd, 2018 6:27PM
Bradford, Ontario- November has come, and we are now two months into the GMHL Season. However, there is more to November than hockey. Just as October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the month of November is also special, due to its awareness of Testicular and Prostate Cancer, and more generally, men dying too young, otherwise known as Movember.
According to the Movember Foundation, “The state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicide are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their life every year. That’s one every minute.” The Movember Foundation seeks to “… reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.”
Teams around the GMHL have taken up the cause, and players, coaches, and other staff members have begun to grow out their moustaches and beards in support. Off the ice, teams are doing their best to support the cause as well. The Northumberland Stars will be raising funds for the Movember Movement, and will have a Movember Night to help raise those funds. The New Tecumseth Civics has also begun raising funds for the Movember Movement, after raising $500 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We hope to see this trend continue throughout the league.
The GMHL is proud to see it’s teams bringing awareness to this incredible cause, and we hope to see this trend continue throughout the league. To make donations to the Movember Foundation, go to ca.movember.com/donate.