November 11th, 2015

From auditioning for Survivor to becoming a real-life testicular cancer survivor, Mo Bro David has a lot going in to this year's Movember. 

Mo Bro Spotlight: David George
My name is David Alfred George. The majority of my working life has been devoted to the tree industry, mainly as a professional climber. On Thursday, December 1, 2011 I fell out of a spruce tree. It was the first time climbing in twelve years that I had ever fell. I came down hard on my right ankle. I finished up the work day and stopped at a hospital on my way home just to make sure there was no break in my ankle. After the x-rays showed no break, I walked out of the ER with a wrapped up swollen ankle feeling pretty lucky about my day! I was back to work on Monday December 5th. That night after my wife and I put our two girls to sleep I hopped in the shower. While washing myself, my right testicle felt different. I asked my wife Danielle to come feel it. She looked up at my eyes once her hand came in contact with the same hard knotted up lump that I had felt. I said, “What is that?” Danielle said with a nervous look on her face, “I don’t know, but please go get it looked at.” I didn’t think much of it, I figured I crushed it when I fell and it would heal up in no time. Maybe a blood blister. A few days later, it was still there. On December 7th I got an ultrasound done. Seven days later on December 14th, Danielle and I were sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for the results. The urologist came in and told us that I had a cancerous tumor in my right testicle and it had to be removed.

Prior to being diagnosed with testicular cancer, I had sent in a casting video to the hit reality tv show Survivor in September 2011. On February 21, 2012, I went in for my routine surveillance blood work and chest x-rays. The very next day I got a phone call from the Survivor casting department. I was in! She explained that Survivor was going to fly me out to California for the semi-finals. At the end of our conversation she also mentioned I would be leaving on March 5th. I was told to clear my schedule and await further details. Two days later on February 24th, I got a phone call from my urologist at MGH and he had the results from my blood work. He informed me that the results showed that the cancer was back. My oncologist told me that chemotherapy was needed to treat the lymph node that was now affected near my spine. I asked my oncologist how soon he could get me in to start treatment. He reviewed his schedule and said he could get me in on March 5th. I immediately thought about the deal I had going with the game show Survivor that same day. The game Survivor was now put on hold and Survivor real life was now calling my name.

After twelve weeks of aggressive chemotherapy, the CT scans still showed the cancerous lymph node remained near my spine. I was scheduled for a second surgery, known as a RPLND, on July 5, 2012. After this intense surgery, I was finally cancer free!

To stay positive during my battle with cancer, I decided to create an inspirational project not only for myself, but to hopefully make a positive impact on cancer awareness and human health. As part of this project, I filmed over 258 days and took over 6,500 still shots during the year of 2012!

During this journey I was introduced to Movember by my oncologist, Dr. Richard Lee. I found this organization to be very inspiring and also amusing as I rocked a curled-up moustache for the entire month of November. It was amazing be part of an organization that has been designed to create awareness for cancer and men’s health during the year that I chose to build an inspirational project of my own. I started the month of November off with a positive attitude and it grew stronger each day after learning how much of an impact Movember had on others around the world. Today, I am proud to be involved with Movember and I will be donating a percentage of the proceeds from my book "The Year It All Made Sense." 

Check out "The Year It All Made Sense" on the Kickstarter page here:

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