It's not just the man with prostate cancer who suffers, but those closest to him too. Lucy Brown will be walking Day 4 of the Men United March for her dad, hoping to raise awareness of how young this terrible disease can strike.
“I was only 10 and didn’t really understand what it was, but I still remember being devastated when I found out my dad had prostate cancer,” says Lucy.
Guy Brown, her dad, was just 41 years old when he was diagnosed. After an operation, Guy was asked by his consultant if he’d be happy for newly-diagnosed prostate cancer patients to call him and chat about his experiences, to give them reassurance and hope. He did this for two years until, unfortunately, the cancer spread to his lymph glands and then more recently his spine.
“The last 16 years have been a bit of a rollercoaster for dad and his treatment but you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with him,” says Lucy. “He’s really positive, funny, eats well and exercises regularly.”
Lucy now works for the League Managers Association – one of our key charity partners, which last year encouraged Roberto Martinez to visit our research labs at Christie Hospital and Kevin Keegan to make an appearance at our fundraising golf day. So she leapt at the chance to join Jeff Stelling for Day 4 of our Men United March, when it passes through her hometown of Sheffield, and help to raise awareness of a disease that affects 1 in 8 men in the UK.
“I love walking anyway and wanted to do it for my dad,” says Lucy, who will be walking with two close friends, Rebecca and Samantha. “Thank you, Jeff, for raising such an incredible amount of money and getting the message out there to more young men. Because – like my dad – prostate cancer can affect them, too.”
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