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Local father diagnosed with cancer in his 30s shares an important message to men during 'Movember'

"Grow a Mo, save a Bro" - Ready for Movember?
Posted at 1:09 PM, Nov 05, 2019

The “Movember” movement keeps growing every November. More and more men are ditching razors and shaving cream to grow a magnificent mustache or a bodacious beard to raise awareness for men’s health issues.

What better place to bring in “Movember” – or “No Shave November” --than a visit to a quintessential barber shop.

Barber Derek Favero at Detroit Barbers in Ferndale says about half his customers participate.

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Barber Derek Favero of Detroit Barbers gives Todd Buchanan his last shave for a month to raise awareness for men's health issues.

“I have a lot of regular clients that are clean shaven and when November rolls around, they grow everything out,” said Favero.

Todd Buchanan of Grosse Pointe Park appreciates the effort more than ever before.

“The end of 2017, my back started hurting. I didn’t think too much of it. I’m a healthy guy. I work out a lot,” said Buchanan.

The health conscious husband and father of a little girl started going to a chiropractor for relief.

“But then all of a sudden I noticed a bump on the middle of my back near my spine,” he recalled.

His doctor recommended an MRI. Within weeks, he received the diagnosis.

It was a very rare cancer called Ewing sarcoma – which typically affects children or teenagers.

The 33-year-old got the news when his wife was 34 weeks pregnant with twins.

14 rounds of chemo and 35 days of radiation put him in the hospital 200 or so days over the last year-and-a-half. He made fighting the cancer his job.

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Todd Buchanan fought holds his twins -- who were born while he was fighting cancer.

Now he gets checked every 3 months to make sure the cancer doesn’t return.

How is he feeling now?

“All my energy’s back. I run. I go to the gym now. I play with my kids. Have fun,” he said with a smile.

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Todd Buchanan enjoys spending time with his kids - daughter Amalia and twin boys Landon and Oliver.

His daughter is three. His twin boys are 18 months old. Life is good.

His message to men on this “Movember?”

“Just go get your checks. Go get your yearly physical and make sure you’re taking care of yourself,” said Buchanan.

And if growing a mustache or beard will spark conversation about men’s health, he’s all for it.

We wish Todd Buchanan continued good health.

And for everyone else, please take note. Movember.com states that on average around the world, men die about six years younger than women. And many of the health problems are largely preventable.

If you want to help raise awareness about men’s health issues or raise money to help global programs working to save men’s lives, visit movember.com.