Best facial hair a lock for photo con­test

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jean Falbo-Sos­novich jean.sos@snet.net

DERBY — Grif­fin Hos­pi­tal has come up with a fun way to show­case facial hair for a wor­thy cause.

A “Show your ‘MO!’ ” photo con­test, in search of the best mous­taches and facial hair, is now un­der­way to raise aware­ness and funds for men’s health ini­tia­tives.

Ac­cord­ing to hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials, the con­test is be­ing held in con­junc­tion with No Shave Novem­ber, in which men are en­cour­aged to go sans ra­zor and grow mus­taches and other facial hair. The na­tional event serves as a way to grow aware­ness by em­brac­ing hair, which many can­cer pa­tients lose dur­ing treat­ment. The idea is to take money nor­mally spent on daily shav­ing and groom­ing and do­nate it for can­cer re­search and pre­ven­tion.

Grif­fin’s Health Ini­tia­tive for Men, or HiM, is spon­sor­ing the con­test.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to sub­mit a pic­ture of their “MO” (aka mus­tache or facial hair) for a chance to win prizes. All “MOs” are wel­come, real or fake, ac­cord­ing to hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials. Photos can be emailed to him@griffin­health.org by Nov. 30 to be en­tered into a con­test to win three prize bas­kets.

HiM holds the con­test to raise aware­ness about men’s health and funds for free men’s health screen­ing and ed­u­ca­tion.

“In the U.S, men die five years ear­lier than women on av­er­age, and for largely pre­ventable rea­sons,” said Grif­fin Hos­pi­tal Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Fred­er­ick

Browne. “Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics, one in nine men will be di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer in their life­time, tes­tic­u­lar can­cer is the most com­monly di­ag­nosed can­cer in young men, and three out of four sui­cides are com­mit­ted by men. Th­ese sta­tis­tics show just how much the men’s health cri­sis needs our at­ten­tion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about HiM, visit griffin­health.org/him.

Ac­cord­ing to the web­site, the No-Shave Novem­ber ini­tia­tive has been on­go­ing for sev­eral years, but back in 2009, the Hill fam­ily of Chicago de­cided to turn it into a fundrais­ing ef­fort in honor of their fa­ther, whom they lost to colon can­cer.

What the eight Hill chil­dren started on Face­book for a few fol­low­ers to do­nate has since blos­somed into a na­tion­wide cam­paign that has raised more than $2 mil­lion to date. The goal is to con­tinue rais­ing money for can­cer pre­ven­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search, while get­ting “closer to erad­i­cat­ing can­cer one whisker at a time.”

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