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Custom Made Alt Kilt Fireman’s Kilt up for Charity Auction

KTKC Alt KiltktkcshieldSeptember is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Kilted to Kick Cancer Kilted Army has been without undergarments for most of the month.

For those of you not familiar with our efforts, we lovers of kilts banded together to support kicking squarely in the crotch the second leading cause of cancer death in men, Prostate Cancer.  We are not content simply sending money away to guys in white lab coats to find a cure, but would rather focus on preventing cancer and spreading information regarding the risk factors and disease process.

Every time a man in a kilt walks into a room people look.  When you pick up your kids from school in a kilt, people point and whisper.  We see it every time.  I have never asked a man why he is growing a mustache, or if he really is tough enough to wear  certain color, but the kilt gets people talking to us.  Then we abruptly change the subject to prostates and during a good laugh they are educated about the 1 in 6 chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and that it’s a blood test at first, and that it’s not an old man’s disease.  If they seem turned off by the topic, we simply ask them to talk to their fathers, brothers, uncles cousins (thanks MC) and then politely wish them a good day and wander off, knowing full well it’ll come up later. “I met a guy in a kilt today and you’ll never guess what he wanted to talk about!”

Boom!

Along the way Wisconsin based Alt Kilt jumped on board with both feet offering discounts, gift certificates and other donations to help get Kilted of the ground.  And now we are ready to soar!

altkiltlogoIn their latest installment of support, Alt Kilt has donated a CUSTOM made Fireman’s Kilt to be auctioned off online to raise money for the new charity Kilted to Kick Cancer.

The kilt is cotton, with tri-reflective striping on the front apron and Alt Kilt’s unique pockets on the side.  Included in this one of a kind auction is custom embroidery on one of the panels!  See the lower image above for an example and the auction site for a full description of the kilt, but imagine this at YOUR next Department event, conference, or simply in September when you get Kilted to Kick Cancer!

Please support our cause and get a sweet kilt at the same time!

BID NOW!

If you are a blogger, on Facebook, Twitter etc, please help us spread the word to your followers!

Kilted to Kick Cancer’s September Fund Drive has Begun!

Welcome to a pantless 30 days again this year my friends and thank you for helping make the last 2 years an overwhelming success!

You can donate to #TeamHM HERE and in the sidebar

This year Kilted to Kick Cancer is moving forward, not content with the measly $20,000 ish we raised last year.  Some of our bloggers and participants raised money by channeling their inner Trekkie or waxing parts of their body.

Others posted a link on Facebook and raised a few dollars from friends.  Every little bit helps, but it appears some of you need motivation.  A reason to take the 10 seconds to share the links or a few minutes to send in a few bucks so let me start off the month with the following blanket challenge to ALL the fund raisers out there:

If we can raise $50,000 in the month of September through the KTKC contest, I will let Motocop Tazer me.  Yup, I will ride the lightening for charity.

Are you telling me cops wouldn’t want to donate 25 bucks to live vicariously through Motorcop as he tazes one of those lazy firemen?  Come on! You Law Enforcement types need to share this info and get fundraising!

Oh, you want more?  OK.

If we raise $60,000 I’ll record it on cell phone and post the video on facebook.

Still not enough?

If we can break $75,000 I’ll talk filmmaker Thaddeus Setla into filming  it in HD, edit it, slow mo the smile on MC’s face and post it for all the world to see.

These may seem like unrealistic goals, but if you went back to 2010 and told me the late night idea to wear kilts all month would eventually turn into a world wide cancer awareness campaign I’d have laughed and laughed.

 

So take the first step in getting me tazered by clicking on the link in the sidebar and click off a couple bucks.  Then go find a law enforcement blog, facebook page etc and share this link.  Let’s get some funds raised for Prostate Caner Foundation, Livestrong and BlueCure!

If I can wear a kilt for a month and get tazered by a cop to get just one man to talk to his doctor, change his diet and avoid/lessen his risk of cancer, shouldn’t I?  If I can do all that, can you spare a few bucks to help?

 

Get Kilted!

Get Checked!

 

 

 

Let the Contest Begin!

The Kilted to Kick Cancer fund raising challenge has begun!

 

Please support my team HERE and please give what you can!

 

To motivate you, we hope to be on track to yet again double the previous year’s totals and raise $50,000 towards one of the 3 selected charities.

The goal of all of this is to raise awareness of male specific cancers during the month of September.  We are not exclusively against prostate cancer, we hate all cancers equally.  Trouble is, some cancers are sexier than others and get pro athletes to wear their color, products turn colors and the bulk of the nation sees commercials about walk a thon this and for a cure that.

I support them 100%.

What I don’t support is that it wasn’t until my mid 30s, after learning I had this risk for that cancer and this risk for that one, that TOTWTYTR warned me about my 1 in 36 chance of being killed by something called Prostate Cancer.

“It’s an old man’s disease” we’d been told.  Turns out they only tested old guys.  Now that they moved the test to a lower age range, turns out it’s a young man’s disease as well.

Instead of debating the validity of a PSA test (No one seems to challenge other cancer screenings) I want you to stop for a moment and think about your risk factors for cancer.  Any cancer.  All cancer.

#1 – If you have cancer in the family your risk of having a form of cancer go WAY up.

#2 – If you smoke you will likely develop Lung Cancer, the #1 deadliest and, oddly, most preventable cancer known to human kind.

#3 – Stay out of the sunshine.  Skin cancers are the #3 killer behind lung and prostate (for men and breast cancer for women).

#4 – Your diet.  Chances are you’re like me and don’t have the guts to go full vegan, studied to be the healthiest diet and the most likely diet to reverse and prevent cancer from forming in the first place.  If you don’t want to do that, watch Forks Over Knives to get inspired about adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet.  And I don’t mean a salad with bacon bits and a 1/4 cup or ranch dressing.

 

Kilted to Kick Cancer would love to find a cure.  But finding a cure means more men are going to be diagnosed and I’m not OK with that.  Last year we learned that over 95% of prostate cancer cases can be treated into remission if found early enough.

So let’s do that.

Talk to your Doctor about screenings, your lifestyle and other things you can do to reduce the risk of cancer.

Talk to your father, uncles, brothers, friends about their cancer risks and spread the word.

Get Kilted!

Get Checked!

 

How far would you go to win against Cancer?

Cancer.

It sucks.

It’s preventable.

It’s detectable.

It’s too late.

Pick 3.

Cancer hit a little too close to home recently, the details I’ll spare, but it really gets you thinking.

The Documentary Forks Over Knives trumpets the plant based diet solution which is FAR healthier than what you’re eating now.  “But Justin, bacon is awesome and vegan diets are extreme.”  I’ll agree with the maker of Forks over Knives who reminds us that a million people this year will have a vein cut out of their leg and grafted onto their heart.  Some would call that extreme.

Then we are finding that study after study of the things that have found their way into our everyday diets are killing us, just like we knew the were.  This study reminds us that the soda we drink is not only eroding our teeth and intestines, but increases the risk of prostate cancer 40%.  So if you drink a soda a day you go from a 1 in 6 chance to a 1 in 4 chance.

Congratulations, you’re dead.  Now with more cherry flavor.

I’m not eating a vegan diet. I had a salami and bacon sandwich for lunch today and is was magnificent, but I’m paying more attention to my diet.  Local foods grown without needing engineered pesticides or exotic gasses to falsely ripen fruit from another hemisphere.  Less soda, NEVER diet soda, less cheese and no milk.

Yes, I said no milk.

“What about calcium for strong bones Mr Smartypants?”  Well, you’ll never learn it in school but milk is actually TOO MUCH calcium, which leaches it from your bones, not adds to it.  Common vegetables, which you’re going to start eating more of, give you more calcium than the recommended allowance of bovine breast milk.

Oh, did you forget milk is actually intended for baby cows, not humans?

A serving of broccoli or bok choy has as much calcium as a glass of milk, so why even drink it?

Most of what we’ve been told about the food we eat is wrong, a distortion or an outright lie.  Yes I still eat processed foods but not nearly as much as before.  I still grab a burger at the drive through, but not nearly as much as before.  I don’t think I could ever go vegan, but if it came down to my life depending on it, I’d find a way.

I’m on my soap box hoping that someone, anyone will at least start paying more attention to their body and avoid the situation my friend is in.  Some cancers can’t be treated, by the time they’re detected, by accident, no diet change known to man can reverse what has happened.

The title of this post asks how far you’ll go to win.  Will you cut out dairy?  Meat? Eggs, fish, whatever it takes to get and stay healthy?  Exercise more?  Teach your children to eat healthy?

Or will you not take this chance and find yourself across from a white coat, getting the news that you have between 6 months and a year, that the cancer has spread, that it’s about to take your last breath?

And how far would you go to end life on your terms, no the cancer’s?

 

It’s not just an old person’s disease.  It’s not just losing your hair from the chemotherapy treatments (It’s the “medicine”, not the cancer that does that remember).

Walking dressed in pink or even wearing a kilt for a month, this is day to day shit you need to get dialed in before it’s too late.  Call me crazy or a granola munching tree hugger, I don’t care, but skip the soda and milk for today…then do it again, you owe it to yourself.

 

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Kicking it…Kilted

Last night was our fundraising event at a local piano bar.  I won’t say how much we raised yet, but it was more than we could have hoped for!

Here’s a pic of me hogging the microphone as MC fawns.

On a scouting trip through the community we happened upon a few guys watching football and having a few drinks.  When we came into the bar in our kilts they immediately began discussing it with us.  One fellow approached us and seemed extra curious about our motives.  I explained we were raising money for charity at an event in the area in a few weeks and told them to talk to their doctors.

He gave me his card.

His name is Steve Haworth and he happens to be the owner of Charity Auction Fundraising an expert in getting folks to part with their cash for a good cause.  He works with the Grammys, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z…and now Kilted to Kick Cancer.  We had a couple of things we scrounged together from Alt Kilt’s generous donations  but Steve wanted to show us how impressed he was with our dedication to the cause.

Steve brought with him, and donated for auction, a night in San Francisco, dinner and a show as well as a day trip to wine country, with driver, for 4 people.

These items both went for considerably less than they usually do simply because of our limited audience, but I intend on getting Steve in front of bigger and bigger audiences as KTKC moves forward.

That Bar will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from last night and was more than accommodating to us and even donated a gift card to the night.

The Prince Charles Pipe Band sent over a couple of bagpipers willing to help out for a beer and a T-shirt.  we even got them both on stage at one point and had dueling bag pipes!

Also a special thanks to Chief Picard from the San Ramon Valley Fire Dept Pipes and Drums for kilting up and wandering the neighborhood playing his bagpipes to drum up attention.  Then he and his lovely wife stayed to bid on and win an auction item!  Congrats Chief!

 

The total from the fund raiser will be donated to Blue Cure Foundation.  We’ve arranged with Ambodriver to have that total added to our fundraising totals for the contest since BlueCure wasn’t able to get us the tracking links on time.

Oh, and one more thing, we got video of Motorcop dancing to Proud Mary in his kilt.  Want to see it?  DONATE!  I also gave my very best shot at a highland reel.  The wife, a former (and possibly future) competitive Scottish dancer said I did great.  So there.

Less than 72 hours left to donate folks!  If you aren’t kilted support a blogger who is!

Want to see me wash and wax MC’s bike for a month?

Well, Kelly informed me recently that I’m lingering in the bottom 5 of fund raisers this year and that I should be embarrassed to be associated with the organization trying a little harder to solicit donations.

 

Motorcop, fellow co-founder of KTKC, chimed in by reminding me that his own fund raising has put me in my little medic place and I should just curl up and cry reached ever so slightly above my own.

 

Was it something I said?

Something I didn’t say?

 

I know Kelly has a big EMS audience and MC a big cop audience…but where are all the firefighters?

If Kelly and MC out fund raise us we’ll be in third place behind the ambulance drivers and the fuzz.  I can’t accept that.

 

SO

 

I offer a Kilted Challenge to my readers:

If I out fund raise MC I will wash and wax his motorcycle once a week for the entire month of October wearing a pink T-shirt.  MC will be allowed to photograph this event and I will post the pic in the top of the sidebar of the blog for the year.

 

Donate early / donate often!

 

5.11 Tactical Duty Kilt Review

Back on April 1st 5.11 Tactical, a well known manufacturer of Police, Fire and EMS gear posted a video and a link to a new product, the Tactical Duty Kilt (TDK).

To me it was a well produced and conceived April Fool’s Day Joke.  Why on earth would someone need a Tactical Kilt?

In the days and weeks that followed, many online tried to order the great looking kilt from the great company, but the product page listed that it was not available to be ordered.  Instead, one would need to sign up to be emailed when the product was available.

The price – $59.99

 

Your average starter basic cotton kilt goes for 3 times that.

 

I ordered 3, one for me and one for the Angry Captain and the Mrs dad.

They arrived yesterday and at first I was skeptical.  The kilts arrived as if they were made in a factory, not hand made from my favorite company Alt Kilt.  Saying Alt Kilt is high quality is like saying Neil Armstrong once went on a walk.  My bar was set pretty high on this one and the folks at 5.11 did not disappoint.

A quick note on 5.11: They could have simply posted a link saying it was a prank, or raised the unbelievable price of $59 bucks, or even skimped on the quality and blamed it on the price.  They stepped up and sent out a great product I wish I could order more of.

 

The Design:

The TDK is a non-traditional kilt, made of rip stop fabric so tough I had trouble getting my kilt pin in the apron.  The seams are clean and tight and the front angled pockets are perfect for cash so often falling out of cargo pockets when i sit down in other kilts.  The cargo pockets are attached with 4 snaps and can be removed, leaving only the velcro closure covering the snaps, a clean design.  Within the cargo pockets are 3 subdivided areas advertised as for magazine storage for shooting, I’ll let AD or MC comment on that but mine fits my phone PERFECTLY.  No more is my phone again wandering a cargo pocket or buried in a sporran.

 

The belt loops are centered on the front and include a badge tab, but only accommodate up to a 1 3/4″ belt.  The front apron includes a hidden snap for modesty and will keep the kilt from flying open on a windy day.  It also serves when sitting, allowing a first time kilter to be comfortable and learn how to sit properly before going all out on a tartan kilt.

 

The Style:

The pleats are few.  A traditional kilt has dozens of pleats, the more contemporary kilts have more, this one gets by on the minimum.  The pleats are what allow the kilt to move with you instead of being a mini-skirt.  The snaps and material go well with the low slung cargo pockets, putting my extended arm right in them no problem.  The front pockets, again, are a great touch and take the comfort of this kilt above others I own.  The snaps make it easy to get into and out of, but I like the look and feel of buttons better.

 

The TDK is an excellent starter kilt for three reasons:

1.  The modesty snap allows for wearing without a kilt pin and can get you less nervous about a gust of wind landing you on the sex offender registry for exposing yourself at a youth soccer game.

2.  The pockets don’t require a sporran.

3.  The price of $59 means anyone can get started and have a basic item for September or whenever undies just don’t seem like the thing to wear.

 

The Drawbacks:

1.  It is so contemporary some hard core kilters may not consider it a “real kilt.”  Their problem.

2.  It’s no longer available.

 

5.11, I think, took a hit in the pocketbooks on this one.  They charged $59 for an easily $200-$300 kilt considering the materials, hardware, design and creativity it took to consider the kilt an active duty garment.

 

I tip my helmet to 5.11 for going through with this order fulfillment and having them out (almost) in time for the Kilted to Kick Cancer events (coincidence?).  Like I said, they could have told us it was a joke and we would have laughed and been bummed.  Now I’m bummed I didn’t order more.  If it ever goes for sale again, I’m in.

 

The 5.11 Tactical Duty Kilt is a top quality product for the price and was well designed to boot.  Well done.

 

 

1 in 6

1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.  1 in 36 men will be killed by it.

 

Do you know your risk factors?

 

Regular readers of the blog will know that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and we’re getting Kilted to Kick Cancer.  If you’re sick of hearing about it, get checked and come back in October when everything turns pink.

 

Prostate and Testicular cancers got a bad rap in days gone by.  They were considered old men’s diseases and were filed on the to do list after “file nails with weed whacker.” No one wants to talk about thier testicles with other men…unless we’re comparing size, then it seems to be OK.  We’re weird that way…and it’s killing us.

But in recent decades something interesting has happened.  Younger men are being diagnosed with the old men’s diseases.  Research even suggests that the old men who were diagnosed could have been diagnosed earlier.

Enter well known cyclist Lance Armstrong and his very public battle with testicular cancer.  He’s not an old man, yet required drastic intervention to battle his cancer.

Then friend Russel from Hybrid Medic is also diagnosed with the old men’s disease.

Motorcop found the story of Gabe Canales, who’s doctors ran a PSA (the blood test that detects elevated levels of hormones indicative of an enlarged prostate) by accident and discovered his prostate cancer.  Gabe was in his 30s.  He took that experience and founded BlueCure an organization focused on preventing cancer and living a healthy lifestyle.

 

Cancer is all around us folks, but some organizations would like you to think theirs is more important than others.  One such group went so far as to trademark a common slogan used to organize people.  We at Kilted to Kick Cancer want to shine a light on male specific cancers because men still think they have a risk of developing breast cancer and will walk miles and miles with prostate cancer without even knowing it.  Imagine 60 men walking in October, pink from head to toe, each with their wives.  Odds are 10 of those men have prostate cancer.  Less than 1 breast cancer.  When will the walk to raise money for prostate cancer research be?

 

Well, as soon as you organize it.

 

We can’t just sit on the sidelines and watch the multimillion dollar charities do what they want, we need to recognize this threat to men and act.  We’ve done amazing things for the pink, let’s do something for the blue, the children, the cancers that seem to be less sexy than the boobies.

 

A quick note on the multimillion dollar charities.  I’m not a fan.  I would prefer donating to a local group, but there are so few.  I avoid donating to Jerry’s Kids.  Kilted to Kick Cancer links to a number of charities that need your support to continue their efforts.  Some are small, some are huge, paying the board of directors million dollar salaries.  Again, I am not a fan.

That’s why we’re building our own charity from the ground up.  You can support us by donating to your local cancer groups using your time, your resources, your money.  Spread their info on social media, trumpet their cause at your church, their are so many other ways of fighting cancer than grabbing for your credit card.

If you can help with a donation, make sure you use one of our links so the big boys see what kind of reach we have.  If you can’t help with a donation, find a local charity that needs help, it doesn’t need to even be for cancer, get kilted and get involved.  When folks ask about the kilt, tell them their risk factors.  Coach little league kilted, wash cars for the high school band kilted, go to the game kilted.  We just need to raise awareness.

 

But as Kelly pointed out, awareness isn’t enough.

 

We raised a lot of money last year and hope to raise even more this year, but those conversations with men who raise their eyebrows at their risks is what it’s all about.  And even better, when you meet a survivor who asks, “Where were you 20 years ago?”

 

Let us not look back in 20 years and wish we had done more.  The time is now.  Get Kilted, Get Checked!

 

Due to Popular Demand…

…we will be making a limited edition of the Tactical Duty Kilt.

 

What started as a great April Fool’s Day prank has turned into a lesson in the power of social media.

 

Late on the evening of March 31st 5.11 Tactical sent out a bulk email touting the addition of the Tactical Duty Kilt, including a link to the following you tube video.

 

Noting the date I thought little of it…at first.  Then I started getting emails and messages from the Kilted to Kick Cancer gang asking if I had seen the TDK.  When I looked at the site, sure enough, there it was listed for sale.

Could this be real?  Being the social media whore aficionado I am, I placed links on facebook and twitter only to find I was not the first to do so.  The response from the community was overwhelming.  We all wanted a 5.11 Tactical Duty Kilt.  The video is great, the pockets, d-rings…all the features are great, but if it was just a joke, how could they be so cruel?

On the product page there was a notice that they were “Out of Stock” but I could enter my email to be notified when the item becomes available.  I bet they forgot to disable that function because yesterday I got an email from 5.11 CEO Tom Davin letting me know that they’re going to make the TDK.  It will be a limited run and online only, but you have to get your email into them ASAP to be included!

There are 3 colors to begin with, Black, Khaki and OD Green, with a multicam option coming later at a slightly higher price.  Each of these kilts will go perfectly with my Magnum Boots and Kilted to Kick Cancer Shirts, polos and T-shirts Magnum sponsored for the inaugural KTKC.

I got an email from a friend asking why Kilted to Kick Cancer had “abandoned” one vendor for another.  KTKC has done no such thing my friends (Oh God that sounds like something Mitt Romney would say).  We are looking for any and every way to spread the word about the importance of men getting the information they need to live healthy lifestyles.  We can only dream that future sponsors embrace KTKC the way Magnum Boots did, and they even did it site unseen.

We are not exclusive, never will be.

Alt Kilt jumped to the front of the line last year because they are awesome, but we will not ignore a chance to spread the word about what is now the second most lethal cancer known to humans with other kilt makers.  More voices can only mean more ears hearing the message (reading the message?  I get confused) and that’s what we’re about at KTKC, I’m sure Motorcop, Alex and Kelly and the now 13 state reps of the KTKC Kilted Army would agree.

If Magnum Boots made a kilt, I’d probably want one.  If Alt Kilt made boots, I’d probably want them too.  Actually, that would be an interesting combination…but I digress.

Still need a kilt for September?  Then get your email in for the TDK ASAP, then visit Alt Kilt to get your order in, because you’ll need at least 3 for the month.

Arise Kilted Army! We have a man in need!

Kilted brethren, we have a man in trouble!

The Granite City High School in St Louis has denied a student’s request to attend the prom in his family tartan kilt.  The reason?

“[we] want men to dress like men.”

 

Before you get too fired up, take a deep breath.  Oh hell, screw taking a deep breath, this kid needs our support.  His primary appeal was denied and he’s taking the fight to the school board.  Follow THIS link to get full story.

And when you’re done, email these folks and tell them a kilt IS a man’s article of clothing and celebrates a proud culture!

I want their inboxes FLOODED with respectful messages from the Kilted to Kick Cancer gang.  Don’t get angry and prove their point, just tell them why they’re making a huge mistake on the misunderstanding that a kilt is a dress.

I won’t mention the kid’s name here but it is in the linked article.  I’m proud he’s not sitting down and taking this like they want him to, but standing up and fighting for his rights!  I can only imagine how many young ladies will be pushing the definition of “appropriate” on that evening and all this kid wants to do is respect his heritage.

 

Let’s go Kilted Army!  Let’s make this thing viral!