NSN FaviconJoin me in No-Shave November!  There’s a good chance that someone you know and love will be affected by cancer. If it hasn’t happened, it will. In the United States alone, more than one million people are diagnose with cancer each year (American Cancer Society). Worldwide, 22,000 people die each day from cancer (WHO) and nearly half of cancer diagnoses and deaths are preventable.

Not immune myself, I have had family members and friends fight cancer over the years. Some won their fight and others lost their fight. While each person’s fight with cancer affected me in a different way, it was nothing compared to the loss of my mother last September to lung cancer. It’s profound, how her loss affected me personally and then professionally in my business as I dealt with acknowledging that she had cancer, trying to figure out a treatment plan with my family, and then the loss of her life.

Like many mother’s, my mom wore many different hats. Some that left me shaking my head in laughter and others that made me very proud of the woman was. With only a high school education, she became a successful business owner, a city council member, and served on many boards. After all of us kids left, she opened her door and heart to many foster children over the years and provided a safe place with consistency. For me, she was my drill instructor before I joined the Navy, a grandmother to my children and to those of my siblings, and a biker that introduced me to a lifestyle where we shared the freedom of the open road, a place to think, and a brotherhood incomparable to anything. More importantly, no matter how misdirected or lost I was in different times of my life, my mom was the only person who provided me unconditional love, advice, and when I needed it, a kick in the ass.

My mom raised me right and instilled service to community and taking care of others into me. So, it should be no surprise to myself that over the years, I have donated money, wore pink, and participated in events like the Relay for Life and the Komen Race for a Cure to raise money for cancer awareness. At the time of my participation, I had friends that were or had fought the cancer battle, but I wasn’t really invested in these types of event, but felt that I needed to provide service to my community and help take care of others through these events. There’s nothing wrong with these events, and I applauded everyone’s effort who raise awareness and money for cancer research. They’re just not my thing.

It’s not that I don’t like being around people and walking to raise awareness. I do and have. It’s not that I don’t like pink. It has nothing to do with my masculinity; pink just doesn’t compliment my eye color. It’s not that I don’t like raising and donating money. I will and do! It’s just these events don’t really resonate with me and they’re a little too main stream for me.

Fortunately, with the No-Shave November, I found something that resonates with me. I think it may go back to my mom. You see, my mom was someone who always seemed to go against the grain and in one way or another raised me to be like that. When someone told her she couldn’t do something, she wasn’t qualified, or it was a man’s job, she did it just to prove them wrong. This is similar to the time when I convinced my son’s baseball team to all shave their heads to support a kid’s mom who had cancer and was losing her hair. When I told my boss what we were going to do, she told me that I couldn’t do it because it wasn’t professional looking. It was quite a surprise to her when she walked right passed me the next time we met after I shaved my head. Now as a business owner and executive coach, I have chosen an atypical dress code. I still have a shaved head and normally keep a trimmed goatee, but I love my Converse, jeans and Harley.

So this brings me back to No-Shave November. I plan to let my hair and beard grow for the month and participate in No-Shave November. I created a group called Missing My Mom and I am looking for a few great men and women to join me in No-Shave November. Help me celebrate my mom’s life and those who you know that have fought or are fighting the fight (click here to donate or join). Help grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose. Let your hair grow wild and free and donate the money you would typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate those who ask about your new look, to bring awareness to cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

Will you join me? It’s simple! Join the Prosperity Logic team, forgo shaving and grooming for the month of November in order to evoke conversations, raise cancer awareness and collect a few donations along the way. If you’re willing to join me, click here and join Missing My Mom.

If you can’t join me for one reason or another, please make a donation and find out more about No-Shave November.  I will be grateful for any amount $1, $10, $50, $100, $1000.  You get the idea, please donate.

In the meantime, have a prosperous life and ride free!