WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY– (WBRE/WYOU) – As many health organizations are preparing to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness month, the last day in September has a special meaning to some.
September 30, is a day dedicated to men’s health. Eyewitness News “mustache” why?
“I think men’s health doesn’t get a lot of the notoriety. You see tons of other cancer research you see the colored ribbons everywhere you see the events. Men’s health is on the back burner,” Jim Musto, a motorcyclist riding with The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a worldwide event. More than 100,000 motorcyclists will ride for men’s health. Organizers said worldwide it has raised more than 4 million dollars for prostate cancer research and mental health.
A ride was held at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre Sunday. Many riders said they participate for personal reasons.
“This year we raised about $1,000 for one of our members with stage for colon cancer,” rider Jim Babkowski said.
Riders are encouraged to dress dapper, or in their Sunday best. The hope is the fancy attire draws people in.
“It does help start conversations that people see us at red lights and say ‘hey what is this about,'” Judd McCune, the host of the Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
A strong reminder for men to pay attention to their health.
“If you are over 50, you should see your doctor for a blood test. It is very simple. There is no shame or anything. You shouldn’t be scared and every man should have it done,” Musto said.
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