Hundreds of football fans joined forces and hit the road to Wembley on Sunday 22nd July as Prostate Cancer UK’s Football March for Men made further strides to stop prostate cancer being a killer.
400 walkers put their best foot forward to help combat the most common cancer in men and ensured the charity’s flagship March for Men walking programme topped £1m for a second successive year.
For the first time, the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, making prostate cancer the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.
Stepping up to the challenge, the leading men’s health charity recruited an army of walkers representing clubs from the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Non-League in London and the South East in four mega marathon marches, with the £200,000 target well within reach.
The Football March for Men saw legions of walkers setting off on the road to the iconic stadium, starting out from West Ham United, Millwall, St Albans City and Sutton United, all heading to the home of English football.
Southend United fans Bob Mays and Jim Harrington, who have both been affected by the disease, joined the march and they spoke about the new partnership that sees Prostate Cancer UK emblazoned on the Blues kits this season.
“It’s great that the club, instead of taking in money, are actually making people aware of something,” said Jim. “To have this emblazoned on the shirt every week is great and if we can get some television coverage as well, and raise awareness of prostate cancer.
Bob added: “I know Ron Martin very well and he’s been a great supporter of mine in the charity events I’ve been doing. He’s always been great at supporting charity events. It makes me immensely proud that we have a chairman who cares.”
The substantial sums raised by fundraising will help ‘shift the science’ and crack the three core issues of diagnosis, treatment and prevention, which have been left unsolved for too long. It will also help provide support and information to those affected by the disease.
Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. One man will die from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK. That’s over 11,800 men a year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026.
To find out more information, go to: www.prostatecanceruk.org/footballmarch.