A Local Group Brings Awareness To Prostate and Testicular Cancer 11/30/13
CBS 7 News
November 30, 2013
Permian Basin, TX-A West Texas club is working to change the face of cancer.
The Permian Basin Facial Hair Society is taking facial hair to a whole new level and they want everyone to participate.
It's a worldwide event that millions take part in known as Movember.
Men from all over the world grow out their mustaches in the month of November to help raise funds and awareness for Prostate and Testicular Cancer.
What was suppose to be a fun club for guys who grow out their beards and mustaches, has now turned into a community of both men and women, who are fighting to find a cure for Prostate and Testicular Cancer.
Roy Prewit, one of the founders of the Permian Basin Facial Hair Society, has partnered with Clayton Leonard, a local Movember member, to help bring more awareness and support to those who have been affected by Prostate and Testicular Cancer.
"The idea behind Movember is to grow out your mustache, and itís changing the face of menís health," said Prewit.
Prewit and Leonard, who both have family members who've been affected by this cancer, decided to host a Beard and Mustache Competition to help raise funds for Movember, and to let men with Prostate and Testicular Cancer know they are not alone.
"For most men, to talk about their genitals and things like that, or many problems that come from that, it's not something they're comfortable blurting out to everyone," said Prewit.
Leonard has been raising funds for Movember for the past 5-years, but is hoping to get the community involved, just as they do for Breast Cancer.
"Last year they did a statistic, and the highest suicide rate in men, was men dealing with this," said Leonard.
Leonard says men need just as much support and hopes to form a support group by the beginning of next year.
"Breast Cancer is so big around here, and it (Prostate and Testicular Cancer) affects just as many men, so why not look out for men too,Ē said Leonard.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Permian Basinís Movember team can click on the following link: moteam.co/villain.
For more information on the Permian Basin Facial Hair Society you can visit their facebook page at: