Peabody resident Sergei Daniel, 34, was clean-shaven his entire life before deciding for the first time to participate in Movember this year.
“My wife is a little creeped out,” he joked. “People are surprised I am participating, so that initial surprise is a conversation starter.”
He said he signed up to participate with about 50 people at his work. So far, the team has raised about $8,000, he said.
“I thought it was for a great cause,” Daniel said. “As men, we think we are immune to cancer. So Movember is really to build awareness and start a conversation on cancer and other men’s health issues.”
For Angelos Dovletoglou, 49, of Hamilton, this is also his first time growing a mustache. His choice of style?
He describes his facial hair as a “handlebar with a soul patch,” while his wife jokingly likes to call it a “Fu Manchu.” He is participating with a team through his company Epizyme, which develops drugs for cancer.
Like Dolan, he said he has received many surprised looks from people around town.
“The best part is knowing that we are raising money for research focusing on men’s health,” he said. “I enjoy the expressions on people’s faces when they see a mustache on my face for the first time.”
He said his family is supportive. His 18-year-old son —who is home from college — is also participating.
“It is just something fun, so I thought I would take part,” Chris Dovletoglou said. “It is for a good cause.”
For more information about the Movember movement, visit us.movember.com.