Iceland’s annual month-long men’s cancer awareness campaign, Mottumars, or “Mustache March,” is off to a running start.

This month’s theme is colon cancer, so to encourage men to take care of their colons, a group of well-known Icelandic actors and musicians dance their asses off in the hilarious ad below. Men flaunt their derreires at the doctor’s office, in the shower and in the meat aisle of the grocery store — all in the name of colon cancer awareness.

The campaign also features a mustache competition in which men compete over who has the most epic facial hair to raise money for the Icelandic Cancer Society, Iceland Magazine reported.

Learn more about the campaign — and check out some sweet dance moves — in the video below.

*The song in the video is “Hossa Hossa” by Amaba Dama.

h/t Reddit Cancer

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Nicole Osborne is not your average comedian. Diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in March of 2011, Osborne is turning her prognosis into a new career. The survival rate for Stage 4 breast cancer is less than 25 percent for five years, according to The American Cancer Society. Osborne was given less than one year to live in 2013 — but she’s outlived expectations and now brings awareness to cancer one joke at a time.

“Once I had cancer, I kind of felt like no holds barred,” Osborne told CBS News. “I’m going to do whatever I feel like doing, and I wanted to try [stand-up comedy], so I tried it, and I loved it.” She moved from Chicago to New York for cancer treatment and decided to pursue comedy.

Watch one of her performances here. Story continues below.

Osborne has since performed sold out shows at renowned comedy clubs, such as Stand Up NY and The Comedy Club in New York City. While cancer is clearly no laughing matter, those affected by the disease have warmly received Osborne’s routine.

“I have Stage 4 breast cancer. And because of that, people don’t know how to talk to me. They either think I’m dying right away or they can tell me their deep secrets because I’ll die with them,” she says in video above. “This is the last time I go to a Supercuts, you guys.”

Osborne currently lives in The Hope Lodge, an American Cancer Society residence in New York City, and performs as often as her health allows.

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Let’s face it, no one is at their best when thrown into an overwhelming hospital setting. For people with acute medical conditions, communicating with doctors can be an especially stressful experience.

But the Health Passport eases this stress by providing doctors and medical workers with vital information, a brief medical history and the patient’s concerns.

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The Health Passport was inspired by a similar tool used at the Mattel Children’s Hospital University of California, Los Angeles. A nonprofit hospital group called Plantree, in partnership with the National Quality Forum, debuted the passport last year to make sure all patients will be the center of attention and that their specific needs are adequately addressed.

Susan Frampton, president of Planetree, told The Wall Street Journal that the Health Passport helps “even the playing field and improve the quality of conversations that lead to deeper and more trusting relationships between providers and patients.

In addition to medical information, the Health Passport includes personal preferences for taking medication and allows patients to list their anxiety triggers. Patients can also specify their communication preferences — sign language, speech device or nonverbal sounds — and describe how medical staff can best accommodate their needs.

If you’d like to download a Health Passport, head here.

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Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, better known as PKN, is a Finnish punk band whose members are all middle-aged men with intellectual disabilities.

As of Saturday, the band has officially been chosen to represent their county at the Eurovision Song Contest, an international televised singing competition, taking place this May in Vienna, Austria.


The Eurovision Song Contest has been ongoing in Europe since 1956 and boasts an estimated 180 million viewers every year, according to its website.

PKN will perform their 85-second song “Aina Mun Pitaa” (I Always Have To) for the competition, and they’re currently one of the predicted favorites to win, BBC News reported. They will also be the first punk band to compete at Eurovision.

We are changing attitudes somewhat,” Sami Helle, the band’s bass player told The Guardian. “A lot of people are coming to our gigs, and we have a lot of fans. We don’t want people to vote for us to feel sorry for us, we are not that different from everybody else — just normal guys with a mental handicap.”

As The Mighty previously reported, PKN formed in 2009 but gained significant popularity after a documentary about them called “The Punk Syndrome” was released in Spring 2012.


We bring a different kind of perspective into punk music; it’s our perspective,” Helle said in a press release. “We’re different, we’re four mentally handicapped guys so our perspective on the world of punk is a little different.”

Best of luck, guys!

Check out PKN in the trailer to “The Punk Syndrome” below:

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This year will be my eighth year as a disability advocate. During that time I’ve received accreditation as a national speaker, worked on several autism-related films and written two best-selling books. I was diagnosed with autism when I was 4. Looking back, I could tell you I never saw advocating as something I’d be doing today as an adult.

On this road, I’ve seen so many beautiful quotes from members of our community. On my tougher days, these words have inspired me; they’ve reminded me that what we’re doing as advocates is making a difference.

Last night I took out a piece of paper and wrote out a few of my favorites that I wanted to share.

  1. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You!” — Dr. Seuss
  2. “Autism can’t define me. I define autism.” — Kerry Magro (me!)
  3. “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou
  4. “Normal is just a dryer setting.” — Patsy Clairmont
  5. “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” — Scott Hamilton
  6. “I’m great at several things and broken in none.” — Kerry Magro
  7. “My ability is stronger than my disability.” — Luke Watson
  8. “When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling.” — Anne Wafula Strike
  9. “Autism is not a disease, rather a disability that every day I strive to become an A-bility.” — Kerry Magro
  10. “I am different, not less.” — Temple Grandin
  11. “If someone calls you ‘awkward,’ just know that it means you’re unique”and a lot better than ordinary.” — Kerry Magro
  12. “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” — Martina Navratilova
  13. “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” — Stephen Shore
  14. “Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of.” — Morgan Freeman

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 What quotes would you add to this list? Please share your favorites in the comments!

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My story goes back to when my youngest son was just 18 months old. He was born with congenital hydrocephalus, spastic cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

My husband and I were attempting to have an afternoon out with the children, but my youngest son was having a particularly difficult time that day at the restaurant. He was extending, crying and being fussy. I was attempting to hold and sooth him while still interacting with my other children. We just wanted a “normal” day.

A woman approached me and asked if she could hold my son. At first I was reluctant, but after several offers, we finally allowed her to hold my son while we finished our food. We relaxed and enjoyed the meal.

When we were finished, she brought my son back to me and thanked me. She explained that once upon a time she had a son. She gave me a big, heartfelt hug and said, “Things will get better. They do get easier.”

I will never forget those words of encouragement. I will never forget that sweet stranger. About a year later we ran into her in an elevator. She smiled and said, “See, I told you it would be better.” I wish I’d thought to ask her name.

Those word come back to me whenever we reach a bump in the road. Things might be difficult but they never last.

I hope she knows what a difference she made in my life by her simple act of love.

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