Both Hitmen and Flames players will grow mustaches during the month of November to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer.
“The fight against Prostate Cancer is so important because it is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men and that’s why our hockey club is so committed to this cause,” explains Hitmen co-captain Matt MacKenzie. “I encourage all fans to not only donate but also become active participants in this great campaign."
“Movember is a great opportunity for our team to support a great cause,” says Flames defenceman Cory Sarich
. “I’m really looking forward to encouraging people to participate in this fundraising campaign for Prostate Cancer Canada. Hopefully the team can raise some funds, have some fun while doing so but most importantly, create awareness about male cancers below the waist.”
During their lifetime, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and this number is expected to rise to 1 in 4 within a decade.
However the disease is over 90 per cent curable if detected and treated in its earliest stages. In addition to investing in research, Movember raises awareness and ultimately saves lives. Funds raised will support the development of programs related to prostate cancer awareness, education, and research into the prevention, early detection, treatment and possible cure of prostate cancer.
Throughout the month at all Hitmen home games Canada Safeway will supply prizing to fans who correctly “Guess the Moustache” in the Movember in game promo.
“Canada Safeway is a long standing partner of Prostate Cancer Canada and it was a natural fit for us to continue to participate in the Hitmen and Flames Movember event,” said Chuck Mulvenna, President and Chief Operating Officer for Canada Safeway.