Student’s Corner: Movember
Movember. It looks like a typo, but it’s not. November is the month that is dedicated to awareness of men’s health issues. Take the M from men and replace the N in November, and vuola! Movember! This month highlights risks to men’s health like prostate and testicular cancers.
My school, San Gabriel Mission High School, is an all-girls school but we took a stand for men’s health awareness anyway. You might ask yourself, “What would an all-girls school be doing learning about men’s health issues?” Initially, I thought the same. Then, I realized, I have a lot of important men in my life. We all do. They are fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sons, uncles, friends, co-workers, and teachers. And so, it’s my part of my Christian tradition to be not just my sister’s keeper, but my brother’s as well.
Women have a good sense of how to take care of themselves and know when something’s wrong. Men might need some reminders occasionally. As a young woman with so many men I care about, maybe I can say something or relay information. Who knows, what I say just might make the difference between him going to see a doctor and living… or not. That’s why Movember is important to me.
On November 21st, the student body had a chance to make a difference. Each student could wear a black shirt, jeans, and mustache for a dollar donation. One of my teachers, Mr. Longo, belongs to a Movember fundraising team. We donated the money in his name to help spread men’s health awareness.
For more information about men’s health issues go to www.movember.com. You can donate there, too!