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Lacrosse Team Leading "Movember" Movement for Cancer Awareness

November 19, 2012

Members of the men's lacrosse team are off to a good start in Movember, a month of growing mustaches and raising funds and awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. Pictured from the left are assistant coach Kyle Buchanan and players Austin Johnson, Evan Osborne, Garyck Todd and Alex Barton.

Members of the men's lacrosse team are off to a good start in Movember, a month of growing mustaches and raising funds and awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. Pictured from the left are assistant coach Kyle Buchanan and players Austin Johnson, Evan Osborne, Garyck Todd and Alex Barton.

When college-age men hear the word cancer, they are likely to think of it within the context of a grandparent having the insidious disease, but certain varieties of cancer can strike young men with disturbing frequency.

That realization hit home recently for Kyle Buchanan, assistant men’s lacrosse coach.

“Two of my good friends have been diagnosed with testicular cancer,” he said. “Both are young, healthy athletic guys who were blindsided by this news.”

Buchanan and head coach Domenic Marzano decided to have their team play a leadership role by joining the international Movember movement, which this month is highlighting the prevalence of prostate and testicular cancers in males of all ages.

They are heading a campus, Web-based effort that highlights the “fun” in fundraising.

Members of the lacrosse team have been growing mustaches this month and directing fellow students, faculty and staff to the Movember Website where they can contribute to the cause. (The Web address is http://us.movember.com and, once on the site, insert “Wilmington College” as the team sponsor and select a player to be credited for your donation.

Marzano is pleased the emerging lacrosse team — in its first year — has started a new tradition at the College, Movember, which has been adopted by numerous collegiate lacrosse and professional hockey teams.

“Somebody each of them knows will be affected in their lifetimes by these cancers, and this is an easy and fun way to generate better awareness and raise some money in support the cause,” he said, noting this project also has facilitated bonding and good-natured fun on the young team.

While student-athletes started November clean-shaven, players have experienced varying degrees of success in their mustache-growing endeavor.

“All of them growing mustaches is bringing the team closer together,” Marzano added. “Not all of them look like they have actual mustaches, but they’re trying as hard as they can.”