The grant will be used to expand current Movember-funded projects at the foundation. To date, Movember, which raises awareness of prostate and testicular cancer by encouraging men around the world to collect donations while growing out their moustaches during the month of November, has awarded more than $18 million to PCF, funding nine PCF Research Enterprise awards in the United States and Great Britain. PCF plans to announce additional awards over the next few months.
Current PCF initiatives supported by Movember include the Stand Up to Cancer-PCF Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant, which will provide up to $10 million over three years to researchers working to identify the causes of resistance in individual patients and help doctors tailor therapies for them. Movember has provided $2.5 million for the initiative, complementing the $5 million from PCF and $2.5 million from SU2C. In addition, Movember and PCF launched a Movember Challenge Award to address difficult problems in basic and translational research in prostate cancer that have yet to receive funding from any government or foundation.
"We are grateful to be partnered with Movember," said PCF president and CEO Jonathan W. Simons. "What started out as a quirky idea among friends has turned into a global phenomenon. No other organization in history has been this successful in moving the awareness needle and bringing in more dollars to support much needed research for prostate cancer and men's health. The power of the 'Mo' is encouraging discussion and saving lives."