|Fistric one week into "Movember"
Usually facial hair is only a topic of conversation in April and May when the Stanley Cup Playoffs are going on and playoff beards are all the rage. Jack Meets Up With The Stars Mo-Bro's
But the month of November has brought about a new reason for Stars players to grow facial hair – mustaches, to be specific. The reason is a movement called “Movember,” which began about 11 years ago in Australia, designed to help being awareness to prostate cancer and other men’s diseases. By growing mustaches in November, some Stars players are hoping to help raise funds and call attention to how prostate cancer can be prevented.
"It seems like a small thing, but I really do believe we have an opportunity to do a great thing with this," said defenseman Mark Fistric
, who has taken the reins as the leader of the Stars' effort. "We think we can help make a difference if we can take the time to raise some money and get people informed. We could already see the difference in just in a week."
The movement has caught on in recent years in North America, especially in Canada. A tally on Monday revealed that 142 players on 13 different NHL teams are participating, including the Stars. Some may not have the thickest facial hair in the world, but they will do it for the cause.
We’re definitely not doing this for the looks,” joked Stephane Robidas
. “It’s not going to be pretty, but it is a great cause that we are excited to be a part of.”
Fistric has been busy with recruitment among his teammates. He said he believes he has most of the defensemen on board and has been working on the forwards lately.
Fans can help in the effort too! By logging on to www.Movember.com, anyone that wants to be involved can make a donation. Much of the proceeds in the United States will go the Prostate Cancer Foundation and to Livestrong, the organization founded by Lance Armstrong to help defeat cancer. Information on the official Mark Fistric page for Movember: Mark Fistric
and his teammates have donated their faces to Movember! Movember challenges men to grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Please make a small donation to support Mark and his teammates: http://us.movember.com/mospace/808736/