Ben Bowers has become part of the Movember UK family after sharing his story with us in 2010. Ben has battled testicular cancer twice, winning the fight on each occasion, but losing both testicles in the process. Early detection on the second occurrence meant that he was able to “get to work” on fathering his daughter Daisy. Unfortunately, it was too late to save the remaining testicle and as a result, at the tender age of 30, Ben is “Sans bollocks”, but thrilled with the fruits of his labour. He has been a fantastic ambassador for Movember by inspiring men across the UK to check themselves to find any lumps or irregularities early.
Charley Boorman has been a long term supporter of Movember and it was his own personal brush with testicular cancer that motivated him to get involved. Charley's wife first raised the alarm after a trip to the vets with the family dog Ziggy. The vet noticed that the unwell four legged friend was suffering from some suspicious symptoms with his testicles which sounded a little familiar. Mrs Boorman shared these concerns with Charley and he quickly went to get himself checked out by a doctor. Within days Charley and Ziggy had both been under the knife to have one of their testicles removed. Charley is now cancer free but continues to stress how important it is for men (and their wives!) to carry out regular checks.
Griff was diagnosed with testicular cancer on 6th August 2009. Following 3 months of chemotherapy he went into remission on the 22nd of December that same year.
Two years later Griff and over 30 family and friends joined together to raise funds and awareness of testicular cancer by participating in this years Movember.
The close of this year’s Moustache Season not only marks the fourth Movember for Mark Pattison but it is also his fourth year of remission from testicular cancer.
Mark has shared his story with us:
Why I grow the Mo?
During chemotherapy I of course experienced hair loss but took for granted that meant facial hair as well. I was surprised just how much I missed shaving and that grooming process that defines us as guys. However clichéd it sounds, the Mo certainly symbolises getting my life back and raising funds so that many other guys get theirs back too.
I’ve been amazed by the Mo explosion this year; it’s been more noticeable than ever. On the high street, in cinemas, in shops. But I love that unsaid recognition between strangers, knowing the positive reasons why we’re all donning the ‘tache. This has been a truly inspiring Movember.
Known to most as TalkSPORT chief football commentator and former Sky Sports News Presenter, Sam Matterface is a Mo Bro with a courageous story to share. After some uncomfortable pains in the nether regions and a few trips to the doc, Sam was referred to a specialist consultant at West Middlesex Hospital with a strong suspicion that he had testicular cancer. Within days Sam had one of his testicles removed leaving him with concerns for his daughter, family and his new fiancé – with whom he had hoped to start a family with.
After an emotional journey two years on Sam has made a full recovery and he and his now wife Natalie Sawyer have recently celebrated the first birthday of their son, Sawyer Dennis Matterface who Sam declares is a testament to the fact that there is a future if you have cancer. Sam urges all of you Mo Bros to not be afraid to know your nuts and check then regularly.
Last year at the age of 50 Simon was positively tested for prostate cancer. After a series of tests, midway through his first Movember campaign, Simon had to have a robotically-assisted radical prostatectomy which is a total removal of the prostate.
Simon’s surgery was successful and four weeks afterwards Simon resumed with his hobby of running, sixteen weeks post-op he ran the Bath Half-Marathon in a personal best of 1:48 and raised over £800 for The Prostate Cancer Charity.
Following his experience Simon has co-founded the Oxfordshire Prostate Cancer Support Group and works passionately on numerous prostate cancer awareness and survivorship projects as well as also growing a dashing moustache for Movember this year.