One Man and His Mustache
Don Guisinger of North Canton has joined the ‘Movember’ movement and sprouted a mustache for the month of November in an effort raise money and awareness for men’s health
Don Guisinger is quick to tell you he’s not really a “mustache kind of guy.”
But sporting a ’stache for the month of November and getting a few laughs is no biggie compared to the money and awareness he’s raising for men’s health. The North Canton resident, for the second year in a row, has teamed up with the Movember movement to don a mustache and shed some light on men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer.
“What really motivated me (to participate) was women have their month in October and everybody is all about it. You see pink everywhere, ribbons everywhere, and then a month later no one talks about men’s health,” he said. “My idea is that we need to start talking about this a little bit more and eventually get it to the level where breast cancer awareness is in this country.”
The men participating in Movember — or "Mo Bros," according to the Movember website — start off the month clean-shaven and, as their mustaches grow, they "become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November."
Guisinger said men typically shy away from discussing health issues ("We just don't talk"), and the Movember participants help open an avenue for dialogue. He hopes what follows after that dialogue is a doctor’s appointment to get screened for those health concerns.
Guisinger, an interactive specialist for Next Media 360, said he raised about $250 last year when he participated in Movember. Most of that was raised at a guest bartending event at Picciano’s Martini Lounge.
About this year’s fundraising, Guisinger said, “If people donate, that’s fantastic. That’s really what we’re looking for. I would like to meet what I raised last year, but if I don’t, I’m OK with that too.”
(You can find his Movember profile here if you wish to donate.)
To help in raising awareness, Guisinger has passed out business cards with Movember information on them whenever someone would inquire about his mustache.
He said the American Hockey League also has embraced Movember. That includes the team Guisinger holds season tickets for — the Lake Erie Monsters.
“I just think that’s fantastic that someone out there is grabbing a hold of this and making it their own.
Now, onto Guisinger’s mustache. He said it would be interesting to grow some novelty facial hair, but he’s not going to over-do it this year.
“I’m growing whatever I can grow,” he said. “By the 30th, who knows what it’s going to be. If I can grow it out to a nice handlebar mustache and wax it up, I might do it.”
After November, Guisinger said he’ll go back to a hairless face.
“I tried a goatee and sideburns. But I’ve come to peace with it in the last few years: I’m better off shaving every day.”