In 2016 during Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling's inaugural walking challenge for Prostate Cancer UK, we met Lloyd Pinder, who had been recently diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, aged 44. His determination to outlive his prognosis for the sake of his young daughters and to help other men avoid his fate was moving, selfless and inspiring. Lloyd is a key member of the team fighting prostate cancer. We hope you can join him.
When we first met Lloyd Pinder on Jeff Stelling’s first fundraising walk for Prostate Cancer UK, he was 44 and still reeling from a diagnosis of terminal prostate cancer just two months earlier. He hadn’t even begun treatment yet.
"The consultant told me I had five to ten years," said Lloyd then. "You immediately think of your children. There's a feeling of devastation, that you are being cheated. You think: 'why me?'"
But even then, the married father of two young girls was determined to help other men avoid his fate and raise awareness of the disease by marching with Jeff that day – raising more than £6k. Lloyd has gone on to raise thousands and inspire Jeff to march again in 2017 & 2019 raising over one million to stop prostate cancer being a killer.
One year on, Lloyd says he's "over the moon" with his treatment. Having undergone chemo, hormone and radiotherapy, his PSA reading is down to 0.7 and he's determined to stretch his five-to-ten-year prognosis so his young daughters won’t grow up without a father.
"I feel very lucky that at 45, I have wonderful kids and a wife that loves me," says Lloyd. "But dealing with death is harder when you know what you're going to lose."
His determination to beat the odds is matched only by his continuing commitment to help others. As well as joining Jeff Stelling on the march Lloyd and his family join our Leeds March for Men every June. His colleagues at work are raising money to support Prostate Cancer UK and Lloyd has supported a several moving media appeals about his cancer journey including this one for the Huffington Post.
"I want to help to make sure other men don't go through what I'm going through," says Lloyd.
So thank you, Lloyd. You're an inspiration to all of us and we're with you every step of your march against prostate cancer.
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