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Tri-City Americans Announce "Movember" Plans

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by Tri-City Americans Media Relations

KENNEWICK, WAThe Tri-City Americans, in partnership with the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation, announced its 2014 Movember Campaign plans on Thursday.

Last year, the Americans hosted the first ‘Aware Down There' event, in honor of Americans' Alum Shaun Vey, who was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in February of 2013. This year, the event will be a month long Movember movement, with players growing mustaches to raise awareness and funds for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation.

This season, the team will be divided into four different Movember groups. Fans will then have the opportunity to donate funds to the team they think will have the most amount of facial hair by the end of November. Americans staff will take pictures of the teams at the end of the month and decide which team is the winner.

Fans can donate to the cause in different ways. Starting Nov. 1, anyone can visit the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation's online donation site and contribute to the team they think will win. Fans can also stop by and donate at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation's table at the following Americans' home games in November:

-       Wednesday, November 5 vs. Edmonton Oil Kings

-       Friday, November 14 vs. Victoria Royals

-       Saturday, November 29 vs. Portland Winterhawks

Everyone that donates to the Americans' Movember campaign, both in-arena and online, will be entered into a drawing to win an autographed Montreal Canadiens goalie stick, signed by Olympic Gold Medalist, NHL All-Star, and Americans Alum Carey Price. As further incentive, one lucky donor who contributed to the winning team will win the chance to have lunch with this year's winning Movember team. 

The Movember teams are:

The Muzzkateers          The Amazing Face Hair Growers          Mo Muzzy Mo Problem
Justin Hamonic             Lucas Nickles                                        Jackson Playfair
Justin Gutierrez             Beau McCue                                         Rodney Southam
Parker Bowles               Brian Williams                                       Taylor Vickerman
Brandon Carlo               Braden Purtill                                        Parker Wotherspoon
Vladislav Lukin              Evan Sarthou                                        Austyn Playfair
Brendan O'Reilly            Maxwell James                                      Jordan Topping

The Baby Faces
Josh Thrower
Eric Comrie
Riley Hillis
Ty Comrie
Semyon Krasheninnikov
Dylan Coghlan

About Shaun Vey

A five-year WHL veteran, with nearly four of those years in Tri-City, Shaun was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in February of 2013.  After discovering an abnormality following a men's league hockey game, Shaun's wife, Robyn, encouraged him to go to the doctor.  Following several tests, the diagnosis was confirmed and Shaun was treated.  Now cancer-free, Shaun has become a strong voice for the need to increase awareness for male cancers, with his Relay For Life team in Saskatoon raising nearly $15,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society this summer.

“Listen up men!  You have to check yourself.  If you wait until you feel sick, it is most likely late stage, which limits treatment options,” explained Vey.  “It is OK to talk about it.  This is the message I want people to take away…men need to talk about this disease and I want to use my experience to help people and to raise awareness.”

About Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 35. It starts as an abnormal growth or tumor that develops in one or both testicles. It is a highly treatable type of cancer with a very good cure rate (about 95%) if found and treated early.

·         About 8,820 new cases of testicular cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2014.

·         Because treatment is so successful, the risk of dying from this cancer is very low: about 1 in 5,000.

·         About 380 men will die from testicular cancer in 2014.

·         A man's lifetime chance of having testicular cancer is about 1 in 270.

About Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation is a local 501(c) 3 charitable organization which supports the needs of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. Donations made to the Foundation stay in our community and provide resources for patient-focused support services. The Foundation strives to fund programs offered by the Cancer Center to assist patients and families in dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. Services are offered at no-cost, which highlights the need for community support.  The staff and leadership of the Foundation are committed to be good stewards of your donations and your trust. For information regarding the Foundation's stewardship please visit our information on Guidestar.

About ‘Movember'

As an official global charity, Movember's vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches on men's faces around the world. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

Globally, the funds raised by our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas support world-class men's health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. These programs, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men's health.

Since its humble beginnings in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 4 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate across 21 countries worldwide. Movember is also aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men's health causes in other parts of the world, from Moscow to Rio de Janeiro, and everywhere in between. The Movember campaign has raised $559 million since 2003.