2013-11-07 / Front Page

Team Newport Muzzy Supports Men's Health

By Esther Trneny


Team Newport Muzzy prepare for some facial hair at The Fifth Element on Saturday night. From l - r: Frank Doyle, Pete Zubof, Jay Clark, Kyle Reichman, Ted Slee, Dewuan Booker, Brad Cherevaty, and Marc Paquette. (Photo by Esther Trneny) Team Newport Muzzy prepare for some facial hair at The Fifth Element on Saturday night. From l - r: Frank Doyle, Pete Zubof, Jay Clark, Kyle Reichman, Ted Slee, Dewuan Booker, Brad Cherevaty, and Marc Paquette. (Photo by Esther Trneny) Their faces were clean-shaven and their enthusiasm was palpable when members of Team Newport Muzzy gathered at The Fifth Element on Broadway in Newport on Saturday night, Nov. 2, to kick off “Movember.”

If you’ve ever noticed a moustached man in Newport during November, you may well have encountered team leader Kyle Reichman or one of his team members, all of whom commit to growing a ‘stache of epic proportions to raise awareness and funding for men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancers and mental health challenges.

Movember began in Australia in 2003 and has since become a global movement, with over three million “Mo Bros” participating in 21 countries every year. Reichman first became aware of the movement when a friend mentioned the campaign in the spring of 2010.

At the time, Reichman’s father, Bill, was recovering from treatment for prostate cancer which had been diagnosed several years before. When November rolled around, Kyle decided the campaign would be a great opportunity to honor his dad’s fight, and perhaps help himself in the process, given his own heightened risk.

This is Team Newport Muzzy’s fourth year of participating in Movember. Reichman said that the team has raised over $20,000 in the last three years, and produced tangible results. On Saturday night, Reichman met with a prostate cancer survivor who was able to explore more treatment options after he read about Movember on a team member’s Facebook posts. “He has now been cancer free for over 100 days,” enthused Reichman.

“There’s a lot of awareness around women’s cancers, but not so much for men. I know that I’m doing something positive by hosting this every year,” he said.

On Nov. 1, participants register at Movember.com with a cleanshaven face. For the rest of the month, the Mo Bros groom, trim, and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. The website provides suggestions for such moustache options as the Connoisseur, the Wisp, the Rock Star, the Abracadabra, the Boxcar, the After Eight, the Regent, the Undercover Brother, and the Trucker, along with information about events that Mo Bros can attend.

Marc Paquette has been with Team Newport Muzzy since the first year. He relishes the chance to finally be the one seeking donations from his friends.

“I was always the guy being hit up for money before, but now I can do it to them,” laughed Paquette.

“The whole month is fun. You get to grow a moustache and people ask about it, wanting to see the progress. And it’s a good thing when you have the opportunity to raise money for a great cause,” he added.

This is also Ted Slee’s fourth year with Team Newport Muzzy, and he said the cause is very close to home for him.

Slee’s grandfather died from prostate cancer and a cousin recently had testicular cancer.

“For me, it’s a personal fight to make sure nobody else goes through it,” he said.

As for Kyle Reichman’s dad, he is cancer free, healthy, and doing well, according to his son.

“Dad retired earlier this year, so he’s actually growing a moustache for Movember,” Reichman said with a smile.

Team Newport Muzzy will be meeting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Asterisk on Thames Street for a “Mid-Muzzy” party. The end-of- Movember party will be at The Fifth Element again on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in participating or donating is welcome to contact Kyle Reichman at 401-619-0374. Contributors can also make donations directly to Team Newport Muzzy and check out their progress at us.movember.com/team/987153 or by visiting the team’s Facebook page at Movember – Newport Muzzy.

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