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Man Up Mahoning Valley hosts Movember Shave Off at Eastwood Mall

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We're in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.  However, on Wednesday, it wasn't Santa taking center stage, rather a group of guys shaving off their 'staches.

"It was fascinating to watch so many people at the mall stop and take a look and ask a question.  It is exactly what we wanted them to do, ask a question. Why are we are doing this, why do we have men here shaving," said Mercy Foundation president Paul Homick.

Each November, Man Up Mahoning Valley encourages men to grow their facial hair to raise awareness about prostate cancer, a cancer that one in seven men will be diagnosed with during their lifetime.

"We want to raise awareness for guys to go to the doctor.  Women have been going to the doctor for years.  Guys, I don't know whether it is a sign of weakness or they think they have to be a strong man, but you need to go," said prostate cancer survivor Steve Burbrink.

When Man Up Mahoning Valley first started, its goal was to start a conversation.  As it has evolved, the foundation has also been able to raise money.  In the last four years, they've raised over $50,000.

"We have so many generous people in our Valley enabling us at Mercy Health and through the Mercy Foundation to provide cancer screenings to men all throughout the Valley," said Homick.

To learn more about the free prostate screenings offered to uninsured and under-insured men, contact the Mercy Health Foundation.

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