AZ Employee Among Top Movember Fundraisers


Meredith Hemler

When Mike Kavanagh, Director of Sales Operations for Diabetes at AstraZeneca, began searching for a way to join the fight against cancer, he wanted to become involved in a campaign that would make a real difference and honor the memory of his grandmother, mother and wife, all of whom he lost to different forms of cancer. After considering how he could best leverage his professional and personal experiences to make a true impact, he decided to join hundreds of his AstraZeneca colleagues in support of the Movember Foundation, an organization that raises awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically testicular and prostate cancer and mental health.

Movember fundraising takes place during the month of November, when men grow mustaches as a way to initiate the conversation about men’s health, and fundraise in various ways. Mike began sharing the story of how cancer has affected his family, and the donations began pouring in. Now, with only days left in the campaign (fundraising officially ends December 9), Mike is the second highest individual fundraiser across the country, having raised more than $46,000. All of us at AstraZeneca applaud his efforts and are cheering him on as the campaign comes to a close.

Mike’s success has garnered attention from both the local media as well as Movember. See his NBC Philadelphia news story here and his feature article on the Movember site here.

Collectively, a team of more than 375 AstraZeneca employees, both men and women, have raised over $127,000 so far through their Movember fundraising efforts this year by either growing mustaches or supporting those who have. This was one of several charitable efforts accomplished this fall by employees across the US business in an effort to fight diseases, raise awareness and build stronger relationships with one another.