Lexington, Ky. - When Transy athletes walk into the Beck Center Athletic Training Room this November, they may notice something a little different.
No, it is not necessarily the addition of a new staff member, but the addition of a reddish-orange lip sweater for Transylvania Athletic Trainer Kyle Sutton.
The new whisker growth is not for the obvious fashion statement but as part of the Movember campaign that began in 2003 with a group of 30 friends trying to concoct a way to raise funds for prostate cancer research. Over the last 15 years, this original group of 30 people has spread to over 5 million members funding over 1,200 men's health initiatives.
"This is my seventh year participating in Movember," states Sutton on his rigorous annual participation in the movement. "It has become a yearly event for myself and my family to try to raise donations and spread the word about men's health in honor of both of my grandfathers who passed away from prostate cancer."
Along with nattily maintaining his evolving scruff throughout the month, Sutton is involved in a number of activities during Movember to raise awareness while honoring the lives of his grandfathers. "Growing a mustache is a fun way to draw attention and start a conversation," he adds. "It has been a lot of fun for me personally by getting to talk to people and get to share stories about my grandfathers on why we started this."
Movember is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to changing the face of men's health on the global level. The main strategy is to focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Funds raised will be used to start up groundbreaking programs all over the world, engaging with men where they are, to understand what works best, to help make change happen sooner.
For more information on the cause or to learn more about men's health, make sure to check out the site at us.movember.com.
Sutton is in his second year as a Transylvania Athletic Trainer and works with student-athletes from 26 varsity sports programs.