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How Ethan Zohn Is Raising Money with His Mustache

11/21/2012 at 05:00 PM ET

While he was battling cancer, Ethan Zohn couldn’t even fathom growing a thick, full beard. But these days, the former Survivor star and two-time cancer survivor is growing one heck of a mustache as part of the men’s cancer charity, Movember.

“As a full-time cancer crusher, I’m always looking for fun ways to get involved with the fight against cancer,” Zohn tells PEOPLE in the clip above. “What better than to have an excuse to let yourself get really hairy for cancer research?”

We recently caught up with Zohn at MiN New York — an apothecary in SoHo — where the star got a little facial hair TLC courtesy of men’s groomer Kumi Craig. Though she kept his mo intact, she cleaned up his growing beard and just trimmed his ‘stache, since as part of the Movember challenge, Zohn has to keep his mustache growing for the 30 days of November.

“Now that it’s getting a little more full and hairy, it’s exciting,” Zohn says. “My girlfriend [fellow Survivor star Jenna Morasca] likes it … although she jokes that I look like a bum walking around the street. But she’s getting used to it.”

Though Zohn wasn’t able to recruit any friends or family members to join him in the facial hair fun — “It didn’t go over so well for them,” he jokes — he’s just feeling happy to have his health, and to be helping other men in need.

“For me, to be able to even grow my facial hair is a pretty big deal,” he says proudly. Hear more from Zohn in the clip above, and to help the Movember movement, visit movember.com.

–Kate Hogan

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Jaime on

I’ve loved Ethan since he was on Survivor Africa – he just seems like a really good guy. So glad he’s doing well and I hope he continues to enjoy good health.

Warren on

Dear Ethan,
Happy Thanksgiving! I am so glad to hear you are doing well with your Cancer. I am also a Cancer Survivor of Hodgkin’s LYmphoma like yourself. I have been over 6 years in remission and was diagnosed at age 21. I think you are an incredible person and bring so much courage. Every year, I walk for the Lymphoma Research Foundation 5k to raise awareness for Lymphoma. Raising awareness for Cancer as well as for individuals with Disabilities is my calling.
Anyway, I hope you and your family have a blessed day. You are the ulitmate Survivor.

Sincerely yours,

Warren Schaeffer

Laura on

I love him!! I’m so glad that things are looking up and the mustache looks phenomenal. Lots of Movember love happening up here in Canada. Xo

functionuncle on

Every man should have hair on his face. Period. Stubble, goatee, moustache, whatever: all are good. Masculine, practical, manly, sexy, wonderful. GLORIOUS! And let’s call it “face hair,” the way we have back hair and arm hair and nose hair. It’s not “facial” hair.

He is just the coolest, year after year, isn’t he?

A FAN on

Ethan, you are looking so very well; considering what you have been through it is amazing. Love and best wishes to you in your fight.

Carrie M on

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Ethan – every since Survivor. I am so very happy he’s doing well and I love his positive attitude! Lastly, I don’t think it’s possible for this man to be “un-handsome” He’s always gorgeous on the outside and he’s beyond beautiful on the inside!! Get well Ethan. Go FDU!

Donna on

Love this guy! Gorgeous on the outside, even more on the inside. The complete package. I hope he lives to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Lisa on

What a wonderful human being with strength beyond my imagination. He’s been through so much. I hope this next year proves to be wonderful for him and he continues to be healthy and happy. All the best to you Ethan.

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