“Pastor Bob, you look horrible.” At first I didn’t like my mustache either. But then, it grew on me.
A friend told me, “If I grew a mustache, my wife wouldn’t kiss me for a month. How do you get away with that?” My unfiltered response was, “What makes you think I’m getting away with it?”
I grew a stache not so I could look good, but so I could do good. You know. MOvember.
Now, three weeks into MOvember and suddenly the cause is personal.
There are too many men and the wives and kids who love them, going through horrible times because of cancer. A close friend was diagnosed with testicular cancer two decades ago. I saw firsthand how it ripped the heart of his family.
* One in seven Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
* Fifty-eight men are diagnosed with prostate or testicular cancer every day in Canada.
* Four thousand, one hundred men will die this year as a result.
And so – MOvember.
The Cause Becomes Personal
Team Edmontoon MoBros is led by Cory Jones. He recruited me into his band of brothers to help raise funds for prostate and testicular cancer research. How could I say, “No” to “Mo” for my son?
And then, the phone call.
Jocelyn’s dad has been experiencing excruciating pain in his back and shoulders, so much so he was hospitalized for treatment. We received a call from him early on November 15th. He was fresh from a consult where his physicians diagnosed him with stage IV prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer. The very thing we are trying to help OTHER men deal with.
Now we are the “other.”
Stage IV. There are no stages beyond this one.
Anxiety comes right on the heels of shock, just so you know.
Followed by a tidal wave of questions.
Dad is more than a statistic, just like anyone facing cancer.
He’s a Bluenoser.
Healthy. Independent. Manly. Rock-solid stubborn. Faith-filled.
He’s taking all this in stride.
He’s more concerned about mom than he is himself. No heroism. Just dad.
So, he’ll be a good guy and take his shots and treatment mixed with hope and prayer.
Meanwhile, the guys grow their staches and people – like you – are asked to pray and make donations.
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