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Support Prostate Cancer Research, Grow A Moustache For Movember

November 01, 2011 By: Lynn Category: Family, Health, Moncton News, National News

November is the official month for Movember, AKA Mo Month.  This yearly tradition is to support Prostate Cancer Research Awareness.  The chief goal is to start the month of November off with a clean shaven face and to just let the “stache”, moustache grow until the end of the month.

What is Prostate Cancer? 

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in a man’s prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men.  Prostate cancer usually grows slowly and initially remains confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm.  While some types of prostate cancer grows slowly and may need minimal or no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

Prostate cancer that is detected early — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland — has a better chance of successful treatment.

Where is the prostate and prostate cancer located?


How old should you be when you start getting your prostate checked?

A man should have his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level checked if he has any of the warning signs of prostate cancer.

  1. A change in urination patterns lasting longer then two weeks.
  2. Frequent urination (especially at night).
  3. Persistent pain in the back, hip, pelvis or thighs.
  4. Burning sensation during urination.
  5. Inability to urinate or difficulty starting urination.
  6. Weak or interrupted urine flow.
  7. Painful urination.

Your chance of getting prostate cancer may be affected by your:

  • Age ~ Being 50 or older increases your chance of prostate cancer.
  • Race ~ Prostate cancer is most common among African men.
  • Family history ~ If your grandfather, father or brother has had prostate cancer, you are more likely to have it too.
  •  Diet ~ Eating high-fat food with few fruits and vegetables may increase your chance of having prostate cancer.

Early Detection of Prostate cancer often does not cause symptoms.

How often should I get checked? 

There is significant controversy over when, and even if a man should have his PSA level checked when he has none of these symptoms.  Respected expects disagree widely over the tests use.  All men should be tested first at no later then 40.  After the initial prostate screening, the frequency of future testing should be discussed with your physician.  If your grandfather, father, brother or uncle has been diagnosed with prostate cancer then you should start PSA screening at age 30-35. 

Movember acknowledges the sprouting of thousands of moustaches on men in Canada and around the world.  With their “Mo’s”, these men raise money for prostate cancer research  through many different organizations.  These donations are vital to maintaining awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

On the first of November, the guys register at Movember.com with a clean shaven face.  These “Mo’s Bros”, groom, trim and wax their way to the perfect stache.  It is the annals of fine moustachery.  Supported by the women in their lives, are Mo Sistas.  Movember’s Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts throughout their community.

These gentlemen become walking, talking, billboards for the 30 days of November for Prostate Cancer Awareness.  Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by talking about a subject that a lot of men feel ashamed by.  This can be an ignored topic that Movember has taken the taboo and shame out of. 

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their achievements by either throwing  their own Movember party or attend one of the Gala Parties held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

The Movember Effect: Awareness & Education, Survivorship, Research

Prostate Cancer is the number one cancer in males is Canada.  The funds raised help with the research of this ever growing disease.

The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. Together, the two channels work together to ensure that Movemberfunds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

In 2010, nearly 119,000 Canadian Mo Bros and Mo Sistas got on board, raising $22.3 million CAD.

Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health each year.

If you know of someone that has prostate cancer or has the chance of being a host to this disease in your family, start the discussion.  There is no reason that this has to be a silent killer.  We can work together by keeping the conversation of prostate cancer going, by raising awareness, to this ever rising disease.  If detected early the consequences don’t have to be so harsh.  We don’t need to loose a friend or a loved one to a disease that can be caught and hopefully treated.  Let’s keep this discussion going, talk to you brother, father, husband.  Support Movember this November!!

Do you know someone that takes part in this great cause?  Do you know someone that has had prostate cancer and has beat the odds?  What can you do to help keep this discussion going?  Can you be part of the change?

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Nick Gaines Photographer From Riverview N.B. & Creator Of 1111 Faces ~ A Racist Or A Discriminating Lier?

January 11, 2010 By: Lynn Category: Ashamed, Controversial, Feelings, Frustrated, Moncton News, My Views


Is Nick Gaines, from Riverview New Brunswick, creator of 1111 Faces on Facebook a racist?  Or is he just as bad by discriminating against one of our local volunteer firefighters?

Recently, there was a contest on FACEBOOK, for 1111Faces by Nick Gaines.  This young fellow from Moncton was going around and taking pictures of random people for a small price and it was advertised in this group.  At the end of the event there would be a gala to follow.  The FACEBOOK world had the opportunity to vote on the picture that they liked the most from each group of 100, to vi for the title of soul picture. 

At the end of the 1111 pictures taken, there were 11 pictures to vote to be #1 as well, as having their picture profiled at a Gala that was held at the Vie last night.

A aquaintance of mine was in that photo gallery, he was the runner up to the main winner of the exhibition.  He came in second place by five votes.  These two pictures had the most then anyone in the entire competition!! 

Upon entering the Gala last night, this aquaintance of mine not only found out that he wasn’t one of the large pictures, he was a two by two in a collage of 1100 other pictures.

My aquaintance who was representing his fire department in the picture, was simple told that his picture wasn’t put up because it wasn’t  popularity contest.

This is coming from the same man, Nick Gaines whom was telling all his friends who he wanted them to vote for.  And yet, this firefighter, was just made to believe that he wasn’t important.

Now, I look at it from another angle, this aquaintance of mine is Mulatto, mixed race, is Nick Gaines a racist?  There were no pictures of black people up, there were no pictures of anyone with a mixed looking background.  Now yes, I know that everyone is mixed in one way or another, but why would the one mixed person, be denied of his brilliant picture.  The same picture that the FACEBOOK world voted on?

At one point this young fellow was in first place, and then Nick decided that thanks to the comments made by people on Moncton Blogger   Nick would validate himself by resetting the votes to zero again.

All 10 pictures were at that Gala and yet this firefighters picture was not!!  Some of these 10 pictures didn’t even have one vote and yet they were there in large format to represent their accomplishments.  AND YET the second runner up did not have his picture displayed, because Nick said so.  How can he change the rules after the contest is over?

Let’s not let this victim of Nick Gaines not go unnoticed!!  Nick told this man that his picture would be there, as a large picture on the wall to recognize his wonderful work, and this fire-fighter’s accomplishments on a job well done, instead he took this mans picture off and put up more of his friends.


And all Nick Gaines can say is well, “the rules changed, I decided that I didn’t want it to be a popularity contest.”

The Top 25+ Stories, Influential People, Controversy, Deaths & News of 2009

December 23, 2009 By: Lynn Category: Moncton News, My Views

Just recently I watched the television special that Barbara Walter’s had on the people who she felt were the most fascinating and influential people of 2009.  Well, that got me thinking, most of the people on her list at my age, didn’t seem to be people who I would have chosen, nor did they affect my,
“Oh, my goodness, I can’t believe that happened.”  And when I think of something from the past 2009 events and people, I want that, “wow, I can’t believe that happened to that person.”  So here is a list of people and events that shocked me and were put on the board for being jaw dropping stories of 2009!!   This list is not in any specific order.

  • Barack Obama becoming the first Mulatto President of the United States of America.


  • The Bachelor’s Melissa Rycroft getting dumped on National television by Jason Mesnick after being engaged to pursue a relationship with the runner-up on the series.


  • Michael Jackson being murdered by his physician.


  • Shawn Graham trying to sell New Brunswick Power to Hydro Quebec a Province that doesn’t want to be part of Canada.


  • Oprah’s announcement for retirement at the end of next season.


  • Adam Lambert who is American Idol’s runner-up VERY controversial performance “For Your Entertainment, “ on the American Music Award’s .


  • Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift’s speech on the VMA/MTV’s award show.


  • Swine Flu becoming a Global Pandemic.


  • John Travolta’s Son having a seizer and passing away.


  • Bernard Madoff operator of the world’s largest Ponzi scheme is being charged with 11 counts of defrauding billions of dollars out of people.


  • A US Airways plane with 155 people on board landed into a chilly Hudson River, after striking at least one bird upon takeoff .   The pilot, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, emerged as a hero, with praise being heaped on him by passengers, officials and aviation experts.


  • Sarah Palin, resigning as the former Governor of Alaska and running mate of John McCain.


  • Canada makes waves battling Somali pirates.  Crew of 240 sailors were aboard HMCS Winnipeg in thick of anti-piracy fight off Somali coast.


  • Paolo Zamboni, a professor of medicine at the University of Ferrara in Italy, learned in his medical detective work, suggests that MS is not, as widely believed, an autoimmune condition, but a vascular disease.  US scientists are testing a radical new theory that multiple sclerosis (MS) is caused by blockages in the veins that drain the brain.


  • Tareq and Michaele Salahi aspiring reality-TV stars from Northern Virginia crashed the White House’s state dinner November 25, 2009, penetrating layers of security with no invitation to mingle with political dignitaries such as Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.


  • Ballon Boy’s story was discovered a hoax, ployed by his father to enhance his families chances to become reality stars.


  • You can  Pay $100 million dollars to fly to the moon.


  • Patrick Swayze dies of Pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.


  • Jaycee Dugard surfaces alive after being abducted 18 years ago.  Kidnapped by Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, in 1991 from the bus stop in front of her South Lake Tahoe home, Jaycee, now 29, lived, along with the two children she bore her rapist, in lean-tos and tents behind his Antioch, Calif., house for 18 years.


  • Army psychiatrist killed 13 in US Army base.  A US army major killed 13 fellow soldiers at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, USA.


  • Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates Jr.  Arrested for Disorderly Conduct after Protesting Claim he Broke into His Own Home.  Falsified report done by arresting police officer.  The officer is now being called a racist.


  • It’s regrettable that Canadian taxpayers are funded $10.5-billion bailout of General Motors.


  • 2009 was the year we were in recession.  Last recession was in 2001.


  • Farrah Fawcett died on June 25, 2009, of colorectal cancer at age 62.


  • James Delory, an autistic 7-year-old, dies in hospital after being lost in the woods close to his family home.


  • Russell Hantz runner up on Survivor Samoa the best villain on Survivor!!


  • Curtis Bonnell, 29, is charged with first-degree murder against cousin Hilary Bonnell, the 16-year old girl who disappeared in September from the Esgenoopetitj First Nation in New Brunswick.


  • Air france jet crashes in paris with  228 aboard.


  • Actress Brittany Murphy dies at the age of 32.


  • Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman Gutierrez (born Natalie Denise Suleman, July 11, 1975) known as Octomom in the media, is an American woman who came to international attention when she gave birth to octuplets in January 2009.


So let me know what you think of my list.  If you think that I have forgotten something, let me know.  And if there was something that affected you, please tell me your story.

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