Hal Stern
9  year  Mo Bro

$3,157

Target: $8,000
raised $40,428 since 2012
My motivation
Fundraising for cause areas including:
Men's health
Prostate cancer
Testicular cancer
Mental health and suicide prevention

TL;DR version: My goal is to cross through $45,000 total through 9 years of being a Mo Bro, on my way to $50,000 in a decade. Last year I was in the top 150 in the US and intend to repeat but need your help. Contribute and watch this space for some fun pictures.

Full version:
I turn 60 this year, and thinking about men's health in all of its aspects has been a big part of aging (sometimes gracefully, sometimes in the emergency room). Balancing job, family, personal health and spending time with family and friends is critical to that gentle aging.

In the last three years: Movember has sponsored some of my favorite podcasts on the Osiris Media network. My cousin David -- the guy who got me into computers -- had his story featured. I continue to learn about family, friends and family of friends who have been affected by suicide, testicular and prostate cancers, and their stories motivate me to raise awareness.

I finished in the top 150 US fundraisers last year, thanks to you, and I want to repeat the feat with some embellishments.

This is my 9th year as a MoBro and i'm aiming for a lifetime $45,000 fundraising goal, which is completely within the realm of the possible if I continue to get the amazing support from this community. I have the added acceleration and benefit of a great team of coworkers at Janssen US, where prostate cancer is one of our oncology therapeutic areas.

In January, I took up rowing as a new sport -- and while I'm not going to be one of the "Boys In The Boat" I've found it to be a great workout and have tested my personal limits: So in 2022, I'm hopping off the bike and onto the rower for 60 kilometers of virtual water. My average workout is 4 km, so that's 15 workouts in a month. It will be a test of commitment -- my effort in return for your commitment to the cause.

We're all carrying some weight, physical, mental, metaphorical -- let's share the load. You know the song from "Rent" - 525,600 minutes - that's how you measure a year in men's suicides. I'm committing to improving that statistic, whether through Movember or making the extra effort to reach out to those I know are at risk.

I will share some crazy things as I pass various fundraising goals, and starting early this year will help.

Let's rock on, Mo team. 60 kilometers is about 12 Olympic races.

How I'm
getting involved
Janssen Oncology
Team captain Kendra Thomas
$3,268 Team funds raised
0 of 60 kilometres
rowing
We're on the row to nowhere -- physically. Emotionally, it's a kilometer per suicide per minute
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In honor of Hal's 60th Birthday! Keep Riding!! xoxo Suze, David, Shayna and Peri

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You guys are nuts!!! (How appropriate!!). Goal #3 passed on the way to an all-time campaign record, aiming for $35,000 lifetime and maybe 5 figures this year?

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Pain? Endurance? Soul? Actually, just singing along to "Slip Kid" from "The Who By Numbers." Had the album on my mind quite a bit since the Phish "numbers" show in Las Vegas. Shout out to middle/high school buddy Mark Addeo who got the Who/whole rock and roll thing long before the rest of us.

I'm $12 away from $8,000, and $278 away from goal #3. Happy weekend, Mo Team.

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Over the summer I briefly played bass in a "pickup band" and we played a lot of Badfinger - the band you heard but don't know. "Come and Get It," "If You Want It," "Day After Day" - all Badfinger. They sound a little Beatles-like mixed with power pop of the early 1970s (McCartney wrote some songs for them). When legal and financial messes took center stage, vocal/guitar player Pete Ham and bass player Tom Evans committed suicide. Outside, these guys had an outsized influence on rock and roll. Inside, they were the tortured from so many angles artists. Be kind to each other, Mo Bros.

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In this age of choosing our video call backgrounds carefully, I started curating the "back wall" of my office in an array of influences. The patent wall comes from strong mentors who encouraged me to think outside the box; the Willie Stargell star was a gift from his niece; the paintings are my father's interpretations of places we've been; I'm visible in all of those concert photos. The Movember skateboard represents the net sum - team work, hard aggressive goals, heartfelt and sincere engagement and the foundational elements of building a long-lived story, whether your own or that of someone who has been struggling.

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I promised embarrassing cactus pictures if I hit my first goal this week, and you delivered. So here I am, dressed as a six foot tall cactus (in Las Vegas), where I was mistaken for a Christmas Tree three times. I decided to go into the Park MGM hotel shop (where they sell good tequila) and make facetious objections that they had a cactus cousin on the shelf. It didn't go well.

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THANK YOU!! Six days in and I've hit goal (actually $10 over). That brings me to $30,000 lifetime raised for Movember, and $4,260 this year. In true Sun Microsystems sales alumni fashion -- time to raise the goal - to $7,034. That would be $32,768 lifetime, which of course (you nerds know this) 2^15.

Here's what I looked like on Mischief Night in Las Vegas, testing out the LED light strings for my cactus costume.

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"Easy Like Sunday Morning" - 60.7 miles, $6,400 raised, and this has all been wonderful. Thank you, Mo Bro, Mo Sistas, supporters and donors and other fans. That's me literally crossing the finish line on the bike this morning (Jam: Trey Anastasio "Gotta Jibboo" from the Beacon Jams)

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I promised more on Frank Zappa, his indirect influences on me musically, his meta indirect influences on my musical influences, and why he gets a Movember mention - story is too long for the update box, so here's the verse, chorus and coda https://freeholdhal.medium.com/frank-discussion-4fa1b6afb1b9

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Happy First November Thursday Team Mo!! For those of us who mark time by holidays, November is measured in weeks to turkey, and today is the quarter pole event. Here's a picture of 3 Thanksgiving turkeys to get you in the mood....

I want to thank all of the donors, fans, and old friends who have chimed in with their support and encouragement in the last five days -- great to hear from people from so many facets of my life, and the future of happy, healthy young men is reflected in your graciousness.

$640 to go -- that's $25 a day for the rest of the month. Maybe it's time for some stretch goals?

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One more race picture - only a few seconds after my emergence through the 40 degree temperature gradient. I actually look athletic here. It last 4 blocks.

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mr peanut and i had a moment before the run. awesome to see planters in full force with the peanut mobile, mr peanut and snacks for the cheering section

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movember saxx undie run - you donated and i promised pictures! made it the whole 1.2 miles and didn’t get picked up by the sweep crew. lots of (cold!!) fun

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“deadhead sticker on a cadillac” 2019 version - jerry garcia tie and a suit for a dinner party. that don henley song is about hope and joy and endless summers - and growing older gracefully

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Had the wonderful experience of seeing Trey Anastasio's acoustic show at Carnegie Hall last night. 2nd most spectacular comment of the night: "Live music is the antidote to my continuous state of discontent." Let's get ready to rock out Movember.

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Mr. Peanut is a proud sponsor of Movember -- you have to love a mascot that can pull off a top hat and monocle without appearing creepy. Then again, I had an unnatural fear of Mr Peanut on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, which I finally challenged with this little sit down in 2012.

More on Mr Mo Peanut: https://us.movember.com/story/view/id/11946/mr-peanut-is-teaming-up-with-grooming-expert-and-television-personality-jonathan-van-ness-to-help-mo-bros-everywhere-feel-their

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While we're on the topic of music, men and moustaches, here's Tony Levin signing an autograph for me at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. At 73 years old he completely rocks (Peter Gabriel, Stickmen, and King Crimson, along with his own jazz trio) and at this show, he was also the roadie.

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My profile picture this year was taken in Jaco Pastorius park just north of Miami, FL, where the community center is named for the late jazz bassist. Two full wall murals and a plaque portray Jaco in his truest element - introspective, doing things on that Fender fretless bass that were considered impossible until he reshaped the way the instrument was played.

Jaco was also (what we would today call) bipolar. We lost an amazing and creative musician, a remarkable person, and a generational talent because he battled mental health issues that were poorly understood and stigmatized.

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November 2 -- 23% of goal, and my first matching donation from the Mastercard Foundation (if you donate with a Mastercard, any amount over $25 is matched 1:1). It's wonderful to receive support and encouragement from donors -- everyone has a story, an impact or a hope. Thanks for, in the words of the Stones, "shining a light" on the issues. Like this amazing sunrise (from earlier this week), illumination of the issue is awe inspiring.

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First stretch goal achieved! Thanks to the family of friends and friends of family, I had set a new single year record (for me), blown through $7,000 life time raised, and topped my best hopes for 2017. So --- I'm raising the stakes to $2,000 for this year. It's $185, or about 10% above where I am.

And to thank everyone, here I am channeling John Entwistle of the Who, who sadly played his last bar fifteen years ago, but captured the essence of believing that "my generation" will be the one that doesn't get old.

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I walked 5.1 mi

walked across Austin to check out former size of La Zona Rosa (quasi underground club where Coheed & Cambria played an insane show on 3-19-2004)

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One of the best ways to get moving -- and get inspired -- is to visit a highly walkable city -- New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and now I'll add Austin, TX to that list. Austin has a long history of live music and creative weirdness, as evidenced by this downtown statue of none other than Willie Nelson.

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