I hope this note finds you well, despite the current situation we all find ourselves in.
I want to introduce you to the charity I founded over a year ago now. The idea was simply borne out of the fact that when I was diagnosed in 2015, I really struggled to find any men of a similar age I could talk to. When researching this, sadly the stats showed that men really are ostriches after all! The data also highlighted the poorer death rates in men due to physical and mental health issues, often associated with isolation, unwillingness to seek help, and an inability to share their feelings.; I cannot tell you how helpful it has been to meet and talk to others in a similar situation over the years and hope the charity can provide a place that might just improve life a little and even bring a little fun and joy.
There are many fantastic charities doing brilliant work raising awareness, investing in research, and campaigning to make the changes needed to improve the way in which cancer is diagnosed and treated. Progress is being made in all these areas, but I still believe that more can be done to provide practical help and support to those having to live with this terrible disease, which is why I want to find a way to get men talking, both online, but also in person in a convivial environment.
It has been my experience that a common topic for conversation in men has revolved around some sort of sport and with this in mind wanted to use this as a basis for our events. I’ve always found sport to be a great leveller, a source of excitement and enjoyment, and a place to escape for a while – either participating or viewing. Maybe even an opportunity to forget about cancer for a moment or two.
Unfortunately, 2020 turned out not to be a great time to take vulnerable people to sporting events! However, the time has allowed me and some extremely kind and generous people to prepare and launch the charity so we can start offering support to those in need and to build a community of people, who like me, must deal with the constant practical and emotional challenges of living with advanced and incurable cancer. Time is of the essence, and while this might be a “virtual only” experience for a little while longer, I hope we can soon start to participate in the many events we have planned.
Please take some time to look at what we do and share with others where you think we might make a difference to someone. Equally, the charity needs support and there are many ways you might be able to provide it.