First- and second-year students in Upstate’s College of Medicine responded to a challenge to raise money for medical research — and to grow mustaches — last month as part of the “Movember” initiative.
Upstate’s O.N.C.O. student organization — Opportunities, Networking and Careers in Oncology — sponsored the fundraiser, which included the “Upstache Mustache Club” fitness challenge.
“Movember” is a global initiative to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
“A bunch of the guys grew mustaches for the month of November, and both guys and girls used it as a lightning rod to procure donations and spread the word,” said Andrew Bellantoni, a second-year medical student and co-president of O.N.C.O.
Noting that “a little friendly competition never hurt,” Andrew said the first-year students raised $2,144, and the second-year students raised $2,155.
At the Campus Activities Building Nov. 25, the Movember participants completed a variety of fitness challenges, including pushups, pullups, bench press, dead lift and a mile run.