DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke baseball program is excited to announce its partnership with the Duke Cancer Institute in recognition of Movember, the month-long November event where men grow mustaches to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues.
“On behalf of our players and coaches, I am thrilled to announce that we are actively participating in the 2018 Movember movement through our partnership with the Duke Cancer Institute,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “Special thanks to Jessica Hyland, Karen Butler, Erin Tait, and senior first baseman Aaron Therien for all of their hard work in bringing this idea to life.”
This upcoming November, members of the Duke baseball team are joining forces with the DCI, sporting mustaches for the month as part of the university-wide Team MoDukes. In addition, surgical oncologist Brant Inman, MD will throw out the first pitch at the Blue Devils’ exhibition game at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 27 against High Point. Held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the event is open to the public and free to attend.
“This year, we are excited to have Duke baseball supporting the cause and participating along with us,” said Inman. “For the past seven years, faculty and staff from Duke University and Duke Health formed teams to support Movember, and last year our MoDukes team raised over $36,000 for men’s health. Now, with the support of the baseball team, we hope to reach even more individuals through the power of the moustache and encourage everyone to invest in their health.”
Duke Cancer Institute has scheduled several Movember events throughout the month including the Mo-Gala “Bid Your Face Off” finale November 30 at Fullsteam Brewery where Pollard will also offer his moustache to the highest bidder.
The Movember Foundation, an Australian-based organization that launched the Movember campaign in 2003, is one of the leading charities changing the face of men’s health. The foundation addresses some of the biggest issues affecting men’s health including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. In 15 years, the foundation has raised approximately $837 million in 21 countries to date, funding more than 1,200 programs including the university’s MoDukes.