Glaswegian Alan MacVicar will be taking four friends to play cards on the Caribbean island after scooping PokerStars' prize holiday in our September fundraiser.
Eighteen months after his dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Alan MacVicar was just happy to have him still alive to see the birth of his first child in a few months' time. But now the 34-year-old is also celebrating a free trip to the Bahamas with four of his friends after winning our poker prize draw.
A keen poker player for over 10 years, Alan organised a Lads Night In with his mates on the 25th September to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, with PokerStars offering one team the chance to win a Caribbean holiday.
"When I got the call saying that we’d won I was really surprised," says Alan. "I told the guys and they were shocked too – some of them still don’t quite believe it!"
The architectural technican said he was inspired to organise the fundraising night of poker after watching his father go through diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer.
"It was a difficult time for both of us," he says. "My mother died from cancer a few years back and I’m an only child, so it fell to me to support him in attending the hospital visits and getting to grips with the news. Luckily, now he seems to be coping fairly well and regular hormone injections are helping to keep the cancer at bay, which is great news."
The experience taught him how little is known by men like him about prostate cancer and how common it is.
"I’ve realised how important it is that men know about it, because it really can be something you can manage with for a long time if you catch it early enough," he says. "It doesn’t always have to be the death sentence you think of when you hear the word ‘cancer’."