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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-12-27

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Aron, 3, and J. Skoczylas, 18 months, show off their own chocolate
mustaches in support of their dad, Michael.

Men's Health

Mo Bros bring awareness to a cause
by growing a 'stache.

Shelli Liebman Dorfman
Contributing Writer


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December 27 • 2012


ovember was a "hairy"
month for a couple of
young men from Southfield
who each used the time to grow a
mustache, in hopes that those they
encountered would ask them why.
Participating in
"Movember," Daniel
Greenbaum and
Michael Skoczylas
became walking,
talking billboards
for the project that
encourages growth
of facial hair as a
to bring aware-
ness and monetary
donations for men's
health issues, specifically prostate and
testicular cancer research and educa-
tion initiatives. Movember combines
the words November and "mo," a slang
term for mustache.
"I was asked about my mustache on
a daily basis:' said Greenbaum, 30. "I
was also teased plenty, but it was all in
good fun. As long as people were talk-
ing about it, it brought awareness, and
that was most important.
"Once people knew the reason,
they were very encouraging. In fact,
some of my pledges came only after I
explained what it was for:'
The two men joined participants
throughout the world dubbed, Mo
Bros, many of whom are supported in
the cause by the women in their lives,
known as Mo Sistas.
"Our success is due to the 855,203
amazing Mo Bros and Mo Sistas who
participated globally in 2011, raising
$126.3 million worldwide, making
Movember the largest non-government
funder of prostate cancer research in
the world:' said Adam Garone, CEO
and co-founder of Movember.
Funds raised in the U.S. are directed
to programs run by Movember, along
with the Prostate Cancer Foundation

and LIVESTRONG Foundation.
According to movember.com , one in
six men will be diagnosed with pros-
tate cancer in their lifetime.
Skoczylas, 28, was spurred to par-
ticipate by some of his Wayne State
University Law School classmates who
were involved last year.
"My mother is a cancer survivor, so
it is a cause that is near and dear to my
heart:' he said. "The mustache always
sparks a conversation. My mustache
does not grow in so well, so usually it
was, `Uh, you missed a spot:"
Greenbaum and Skoczylas' wives
encouraged their endeavors, but that
doesn't mean they actually liked their
"My wife, Ariella, hated it, but
loves that I am dedicated to a cause
Skoczylas said. "My kids loved it:' And
Skoczylas? "I couldn't wait to shave it
Greenbaum's wife, too, was not in
awe of the new look. "Gillian hates any
form of facial hair:' he said. "She was,
however, very supportive as she knew
it was for a good cause. My daughter,
Lailie, 3, was not so thrilled. She was
so upset that she cried and begged
me to 'take the hair off my face' as
it scared her. My son, Matthew, 10
months, made no qualms of trying to
pull the hair out of my face:'
Skoczylas and Greenbaum's dona-
tions are still being tallied, but they say
involvement was worth it for reasons
beyond the monetary one.
"I was literally wearing a symbol
on my face Greenbaum said. "It was
pretty cool when random people ask
if you are 'doing Movember: I was also
shocked at how many people were not
aware of the cause, which made me
feel even better that I was helping to
spread the word:'

To make a donation, see Greenbaum's
MoSpace page at http://us.movember.
com/mospace/5927025 or Skoczylas'
page at Mobro.co/mikeyskoczylas. Also
go to www.movember.com .

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