F5 Networks Inc.

11/30/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/30/2021 03:09

Employees Are the Superpower Behind Giving Tuesday

Stephen Spillane, F5 Office Manager, Ireland

I'm supporting:Movember, an annual event that involves growing moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness about men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. I'm also supporting Cork DAWG, a network of volunteers taking care of abandoned, abused, and ill-treated dogs in Cork.

Why I'm passionate about these causes: "Movember is important to me as I was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year. Information is critical when you have something like this happen, and Movember had all the information in plain English including what the options were going into surgery, what to expect afterward, and what happens three to six months afterward. Every woman is bombarded with information about breast cancer and how to check their own breasts, but the same isn't true about testicular cancer. We need to raise awareness about these issues so men know what to look for.

"My whole family are dog lovers and we started fostering dogs through Cork DAWG a long time ago. We fostered this one dog, Freddy, who was found under a car, and within a week he was jumping into my bed. Then we met Sam, a Jack Russell Terrier who on the first weekend with us started sitting on my lap. You see the life and love come back when you adopt a dog and give them love, and Cork DAWG is a fantastic organization that's doing everything they can to give every dog a second chance in life."

Why I give: "When we give back, we get back even more. It may not always be for ourselves, but when we do good, good happens. It gives us hope. And that's really important."