A Foundation Rises
60 Miles, 1 mustache, and a $1,000 fundraising goal. Zac set off on his 5th year of fundraising for Movember at the beginning of November 2020. “This #Movember, I’m committing to growing my ‘mo’ and running 60 miles. That’s 60 miles for the 60 men we lose each hour, every hour. Donate to help me raise much-needed funds for #menshealth– for all the dads, brothers, sons, and mates in our lives.”
Zac knocked out 13/60 miles on November 1st. By the 11th he was at 23/60 miles, and just a day later had reached 28/60 miles run, while sporting a full stache. By November 18th he had already surpassed his original fundraising goal of $1,000 and set the new goal of $2,000. His passion for men’s health turned into a large part of his legacy, as November came to a close – Zac was the top individual fundraiser in the USA at $151,035. The Zac Plantz Foundation will continue the Movember tradition by supporting the organization financially, and rallying a team of “Mo Bros” on an annual basis.
According to the Movember webpage, one man is dying by suicide every minute of every day. Not only do males account for 75% of suicides, but men are also dying, on average, 6 years earlier than women. Movember is on a mission to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% before the end of 2030. The organization has funded over 1,250 men’s health projects globally, focusing on the areas of mental health & wellness, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.
In the six years leading up to his death, Zac extended his attentiveness and passion to mental health advocacy. He left this earth with a dirty mustache that helped him single-handedly raise over $145,000 for the Movember Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving men’s physical and mental health. Zac was committed to fighting the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and used his Movember fundraising as a platform for raising awareness and encouraging vulnerability as a sign of strength. As part of this effort, Zac became an advocate for his own mental health, attending therapy and sharing his experiences openly with family and friends. We seek to further Zac’s efforts—shepherding the odd-man-out, championing education, leadership, and wellness.