Four years ago, Douglas Drinkwater’s dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Since then, the 29-year-old Vancouverite has been waxing his chest in the shape of a mustache during Movember to raise funds.
The idea started four years ago when he was trying to raise funds for Movember but realized he wasn’t being very successful, so someone at work suggested waxing his chest instead. Ever since, he has been raising an average of $5,000 dollars a year.
Even though he’s no stranger to waxing his chest, Drinkwater says it doesn’t get any less painful, but it’s all worth it. “It’s all relative, my old man went through a lot more pain than waxing.”
The company he works for, Ledcor, has helped Drinkwater by matching the donations for the past three years, helping him reach $9,000 this Movember.
Even though he was considering this year to be his last, Drinkwater says support has been so overwhelming there’s no way he can stop now. “It’s been a great year and I’m looking forward to setting some higher goals next year.”
Drinkwater says his dad has been cancer-free for two years now, and explains the importance of diagnosis when battling prostate cancer. “Early detection is key, unfortunately the percentage is going up every year with how many people are affected with this, so go get yourself checked out.”
Although he says it is painful to wax your chest, he dares others to join him. “I will challenge anybody if they’d like to join the team and get their chest waxed as well, that would be great,” says Drinkwater. “Pain always likes company.”
The video below was made by Drinkwater to show people what it takes to get his chest mustache every year:
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