Growing mustaches in November is fun, but ask any MoDuke and he will tell you — the hairy endeavor benefits a serious mission to support men's health.
For the past six years faculty and staff from Duke University and Duke Health have formed teams to support the Movember Foundation's annual fundraiser known as Movember. On the first day of "Movember" Duke men shaved down and prepared mentally and physically for the whiskered month ahead.
Over the past 30 days, MoDukes upped their looks by growing out bushy 'staches of every shape and size. The MoDukes and their Mo Sisters hosted numerous fundraising events, including a 5K fun run, a Chili Cook-Off at James Joyce Irish Pub and a “Bid-Your-Face-Off” auction gala event at Fullsteam Brewery. The month began and ended with luxury, albeit creative, shaves provided by Pedro Williams, the Durham-based franchise in the line of Arrow Haircuts barbershops (additional locations in Raleigh and Cary).
Andrew Armstrong, MD, ScM, FACP, headed a group of faculty and staff making up Team Duke Cancer Institute. Urology resident Joseph Fantony, MD, led Team Duke Urology. Together, health system MoDukes, and their university counterparts, raised a record $36,150 to support the Movember Foundation.
“This was a record-breaking year for MoDukes,” said Fantony. “The entire Duke community came together and made a fantastic contribution to a worthy cause supporting men’s health and prostate cancer research.”
Team Duke Cancer Institute raised $20,793, more than tripling last year's total. Of that, Armstrong's fundraising contributed $14,158, making him this year's top fundraiser among Duke participants.
“Movember was a huge success,” Armstrong said. “These funds enable the Movember Foundation to fund groundbreaking science here aren around the world. This kind of collaboration is key to cancer care and prevention.”
Movember is a global movement aimed at raising funds and awareness for men’s health by encouraging participants to grow unique mustaches. The participants promote their mustaches through social media to raise money and awareness for men’s health. The Movember foundation, established in 2003, has raised more than $710 million in 21 countries, supporting cancer projects worldwide, including several at Duke.
This year, the Movember Foundation is helping fund three research grants at DCI: PROPHECY Study (precision medicine approaches to treating men with advanced prostate cancer); IRONMAN (a 5,000-man global registry examining practice patterns, patient reported outcomes, biomarkers, and survival and other key outcomes in men with advanced prostate cancer); and ASCENT (multi-center randomized trial of an innovative cloud-based, “living” survivorship care plan for men undergoing radiation therapy with ADT for localized prostate cancer).
- Duke Cancer Institute: $20,793.00
- DukeMed: $5,375.00
- Duke Urology: $4,486.00
- Duke University Sigma Nu 2017: $3,251.00
- Duke Lacrosse Snakes with Stashes: $895.00
- Benevolent Brigade: $889.00
- Duke Law Class of 2019: $100.00
- Andrew Armstrong: $14,158.90
- Chloe Peters: $2,995.00
- Jospeh Fantony: $1,441.57
- Daniel George: $1,184.00
- Patrick Leidig: $1,015.61