When we’re not spending our time advocating on our client’s behalf, or otherwise, fighting for their rights, lawyers can be a downright generous lot. Besides the pro bono work that we do when we use our legal skills on behalf of those who would otherwise have little access to the justice system, we tend to spend a good deal of time and/or money on other worthwhile causes.

Here at the firm, a few of use volunteer our time to coach children’s sports (soccer and hockey being particular favorites) in the local community. We also take a day off work during the holiday season to sort toys for the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. The office is also a focal point for various charitable fundraising activities.

This year I will be participating in Movember – the month long campaign to grow a moustache in support of prostate cancer research and men’s health issues generally. Being somewhat follicularly challenged, this promises to be an amusing month for those around me.

Although I have my own personal reasons for supporting the cause, I am predominantly driven by how overwhelming the statistics are:

• Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men – it will afflict 1 in 7 men.

• There are 177,800 new cases of cancer and 75,000 cancer deaths expected in Canada in 2011.

• In 2011 there will be more cases of prostate cancer diagnosed than breast cancer.

• Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men in Canada between the ages of 15-29.

If you are able to donate, please do, and if not, feel free to watch along as I slowly transform from a mild-mannered corporate lawyer into a regular Magnum P.I..

Scott R. Young