For the staff at the Jolly Coachman Pub in Pitt Meadows, prostate cancer hit close to home last year when one of their own coworkers passed away from the disease.
Bruce Bradley was a long-time employee of the pub, working in the liquor store.
“He was taken from us too soon,” said bartender Bruce McGregor. “He was a healthy guy, he was fit. It was really shocking for all of us to lose him.”
So this year, McGregor and the male bar staff at the pub are honouring Bradley’s memory by growing mustaches as part of a Movember fundraiser to end prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in Canadian men, afflicting one in seven, according to Prostate Cancer Canada. The disease has a cure rate of 90 per cent, but it has to be caught early, which is why regular testing is so important.
The staff at the Jolly Coachman have challenged the John B Pub in Coquitlam to see who can raise the most funds for prostate cancer research, and who will have the most impressive mo’s.
McGregor said the bartenders will posting mustache progress photos on the pub’s website, so patrons will be able to track their mustache growth.
Anyone can make donations to the Movember campaign at the pub.
The pub is holding a fundraiser Nov. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are just $10 each, and prizes include Grey Cup tickets, and Canucks tickets. The pub is also holding a silent auction, and is currently accepting donations for prizes.
• For more information, visit www.jollycoachman.com