Associação de Assistência às Pessoas com Câncer, a Brazilian non-profit that helps people with cancer, recently held an event. That’s great and all, but it doesn’t really sound like much of a story, does it? Well it is, thanks to the presence of a bug-eyed, buck-toothed, short-and-curly-covered mascot shaped like a pair of testicles. His name is Mr. Balls, and he’s on the ground, working (his balls off?) in Brazil, trying to raise awareness for testicular cancer. In fact, Mr. Balls has become a local legend, and this photo gallery proves he is lauded and loved by adults, children and families alike. Here are a few of our favorite shots.
Mr. Balls photo gallery
Face paint? Check. Balloon? Check. Photo with Mr. Balls? Check. Ah, the perfect day.
Sometimes, Mr. Balls itches. Thankfully there are always friendly folks ready to offer a scratch:
Make no mistake about it: If you ignore Mr. Balls, he will resort to photobombing:
Good Lord lady! At least buy Mr. Balls some dinner before you get so intimate!
Look at those smiles! Photographic evidence that ladies love Mr. Balls:
Mr. Balls sways and bounces, proving to be a proficient dancer:
Families love Mr. Balls, too:
This baby is SO into Mr. Balls. Funny or disturbing?
RYOT NOTE: Mr. Balls is amazing and obviously good for a laugh. But if you’re chuckling at these pictures, then he’s doing his job, which is to raise awareness for cancer. There are several organizations doing the same thing here in the U.S., and The American Cancer Society is one of our favorites. Not only are they raising awareness, but they’re also helping to fight this terrible disease through research and development as well as advocacy. Click on the gray box alongside this story to check them out, donate and Become the News! Mr. Balls approves this message.