SINCE Prostate Cancer UK’s Official Charity Partnership with The EFL (formerly The Football League) was announced back in 2012 the charity has raised over £2m to help stop prostate cancer being a killer, and raised the profile of a disease not really spoken about.
Clubs and fans from across the EFL have walked, run, cycled, collected at match days and donated in the fight against prostate cancer. Over four years nearly 800 fans have put on the pitch rivalries aside cycling to Amsterdam with former England internationals Terry Butcher, Viv Anderson and Luther Blissett – who has joined the ride every year. And back in March 2016, it was difficult to ignore Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling marching 262 miles to Wembley from his beloved Hartlepool United to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
HOW CLUBS AND FANS ARE HELPING FUND A NEW ERA OF RESEARCH
The money raised via the EFL partnership is funding innovative research projects to make a step-change in the scientific knowledge of prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer UK’s aim is to make sure men with aggressive prostate cancer are diagnosed early, before it spreads outside the prostate, so that fewer slip through the net with advanced disease.
Scientists are working on a simple genetic test for aggressive prostate cancer to help assess which men will respond best to a certain treatment. This project will make significant steps towards tailoring prostate cancer treatments towards the individual man and his cancer. It will help work out the best treatment for each man to have – or to avoid – and the right time to have it.
The money raised focuses on three key areas Prostate Cancer UK believes can make the biggest difference: prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Our Men United March started in Hartlepool and finished in Wembley, but the charity’s march on prostate cancer has only just begun.