This article is written by Shawn K. Supers, Grow & Give Program Director at ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, one of our health advocacy partners.
Grow for Prostate Cancer Awareness
Each November, ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer — the nation’s leading nonprofit in the fight against prostate cancer — hosts Grow & Give, the only nationwide facial hair awareness campaign dedicated solely to prostate cancer. Every year at this time, men and women get funky with their follicles to raise funds for prostate cancer patients in need, and start conversations around prostate cancer risks and awareness. After all, few things are a better conversation starter than a blue beard or eye-catching wild wig!
Since 2014, Grow & Give has become an annual tradition for ZERO and our supporters, and we encourage you to join in the hair-raising fun! No matter your gender or the state of your hair, there are many ways to get involved and get creative! Whether you dye, chop, shave, grow, or wig it out, whatever you choose to do will draw much-needed attention to prostate cancer and the 3.1 million men nationwide impacted by the disease.
One of the best aspects of Grow & Give is that you can partake solo or as part of a team! Whether you do your own thing or convince your entire family to don blue mohawks, Grow & Give is a great way to come (or should we say, comb?) together to show the love to patients who want to know that generous individuals and groups are supporting them in their hardest days.
Raise Money to Fight Prostate Cancer
Last year more than 750 participants and 80 teams raised over $185,000 for men and their families. Will you join them this year? Here’s what one participant said about why Grow & Give is so important:
“Grow & Give is a great conversation starter for men’s health — it makes men realize they need to get checked out. Many men avoid doctors and prostate cancer screenings, but we have to do it. Not only for ourselves, but for our families and our children, to stay healthy and be there for them.”
Grow & Give is more than just growing facial hair, it’s about raising awareness and having fun in the process! This disease affects 1 in 9 American men, and is the third leading cause of cancer death in men. Plus, the impacts of COVID-19 are having a devastating toll on men with this disease and their families. More than ever, patients need your support to raise awareness, funds, and spirits with your tricked-out tresses!
If you are interested in joining the fight, head over to zerocancer.org/grow to get growing and giving today! Registration is free and easy — it just takes a few clicks! Send photos of your new ‘do to email@example.com or post on social media using the hashtag #GrowandGive. We can’t wait to see your new look, and are so thankful that you’re helping patients and families in need during this critical time.
Outcome Health partners with organizations like ZERO Cancer to bring their important messages to audiences at the point of care. If you’d like to learn more about joining our network, email firstname.lastname@example.org.