Students Have Some Fun with a Serious Subject

Kate Martin | December 14, 2012

Team Northwestern raises more than $7,000 for MOvember campaign.

Students led a campaign that raised more than $7,000 throughout the month-long MOvember effort supporting research and awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. With a presence on campus, online and in the community, Team Northwestern raised $7,103, placing the team in the top two percent of teams nationwide. Combined with money raised in the 2011 campaign, the student group has raised nearly $10,000 to date. The worldwide effort raises money each November to help fund research and programs for prostate and testicular cancer.

The hallmark of the campaign is moustaches and beards grown on men who vow not to shave during the month of November. Northwestern campaign highlights also included hair extensions (for the ladies); t-shirt sales; a dodgeball tournament, which raised $400; and a fundraiser at a favorite local tavern, which brought in $500.

“The Northwestern community was unbelievable, with great participation from students, staff, faculty, on up to Dr. Wiles,” said Matt Zylak, who organized the campaign. “I hope the passion for this cause continues at the university as an annual tradition for years to come, long after I have graduated.”

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