To celebrate Movember, we talked to some notable Columbusites about their killer facial hair. Find out what Archie Griffin, Mayor Coleman and more have to say about sporting the hip lip.
If you're a guy, it's tough to talk about your junk. Well, at least in public.
While prominent awareness campaigns have brought breast cancer into open, healthy conversations, most issues facing men's health have lagged in the shadows - too embarrassing or scary to bring to light.
Few are more frightening than prostate cancer, which affects one in six men in America. In the U.S., a man is 35 percent more likely to get prostate cancer than a woman is to get breast cancer. Even so, most men couldn't tell a prostate from a pancreas.
The men of Movember hope to change that.
First hashed out in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, the idea for Movember was simple: Grow sweet 'staches during the month of November to raise awareness and research dollars for cancer research. In place of the pink ribbon was the quintessential lip accoutrement - a funny and manly way to get people talking.
The idea soon took off across the globe.
Last year, more than 255,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas raised $42 million to battle the disease. This year, fuzz fever spread to Columbus.
"It's pretty fun to see people who don't have mustaches trying to grow them throughout November," said Eric Sagun, co-chair of Movember's Central Ohio steering committee. "We've been really thrilled with the participation and the recognition of our area as one where people are so dedicated to the fight against cancer."
In addition to sponsoring the campaign in Columbus, Alive staffers have been growing mustaches all month long. We'll be showing them off during a fundraiser Friday at Kobo that will feature drink specials and music from Karate Coyote, Unit One and Trains Across the Sea.
By week three, our 'staches are looking pretty good.
Still, some men in Columbus have been sporting the hip lip long before we came along. To celebrate Movember, we talked to some notable Columbusites about their killer facial hair.