Three years ago co-founder, and
now the President of Kilted to Kick
Cancer, Justin Schorr started to wear
a kilt to inform the public about
cancer and prevention methods.
During the month of September
about 100 men across the country,
with representatives in 34 states and
two other countries, wear a kilt to
raise awareness about prostate and
“Kilts make people ask,” Schorr
said. “When they approach us, we
can then tell them about the risks of
cancer and get them to take action.”
Even if one person takes the steps
to ask their doctor about the risks of
prostate or testicular cancer, Schorr
believes he has done his job.
“Some people run 5-ks, others
wear kilts and I’d rather embarrass
myself by wearing a kilt if it helps lift
the stigma that talking about cancer
risks are taboo,” Schorr said.
Most men are uneasy or unwilling
to talk to their doctors openly about
the risks. The kilt acts as a symbol
which draws attention to the issue of
“The kilt draws attention. When
people approach me, I am able to talk
to them about and make them aware
of the risks. I encourage men to get tested,” Schorr said.
Out of the 100 kilt-clad men, 12 of them wear a kilt to raise money for
one of three programs: The Prostate
Cancer Foundation, Livestrong.org
and Bluecure.org. Fred Simons wears
his to raise money for Livestrong.org.
Simons works full-time in the
UWSP Security Office for Protective
Services. He was interested in being
involved after he realized it was a
good cause and it was an excuse to
“Kilts cost anywhere from
$50-$300. I have four that I rotate
through,” Simons said.
The 12 men who raise money
for the organizations each have their
own blog and participate in a friendly
competition with each other. The one
who raises the most money wins a
prize from the sponsors of Kilted to
Kelly Grayson coordinated the
fundraising campaign and made
the necessary connections for the
organization by cooperating with the
This is the first year Simons
has participated in the fundraising
competition and notes he will be
doing it again in years to come.
“The idea is to wear the kilt
anytime I’m not in my work uniform,”
By wearing the kilt, he notes that many individuals give
him a double-take or ask
why he wears it, but he
said he does not mind.
He is able to use this
initial shock as an avenue
into a conversation about
Schorr explains the
difference between a
kilt and a skirt is that
you wear something
underneath a skirt, and
with a kilt, you do not.
Simons said he is okay
with going commando
for a month.
“It’s a little strange
at first, but once you
get used to it, it is very
comfortable and it
certainly cuts down on
the amount of laundry,”
the aim of the
organization is to promote
cancer awareness and
“We aren’t trying to
find a cure, we are trying
to prevent cancer from
happening,” Schorr said.
For more information about the
Kilted to Kick Cancer organization,
visit their homepage at www.kiltedtokickcancer.org.
Donations can be made to Simons’ blog at www.gunscoffee.