Our year-long partnership with the Mirror got under way in April with a special edition of the newspaper. Editor Gary Jones explains why he feels privileged to help a cause that has such a personal connection for him, and how the #KeepieUppieChallenge and a sports pages takeover hope to raise even more awareness and money in May.

27 Apr 2017

Getting the message out there that we can beat prostate cancer is close to my heart.

It would be close to my prostate if I actually had one! But as one of 47,000 men diagnosed each year with the disease I've had the prostate cut out.

Rather bizarrely I only discovered I had prostate cancer after a scorpion stung me on holiday in Spain. Feeling less than great on my return home I went for some medical tests. And thanks to my ever-alert doctor, he diagnosed I had successfully survived the sting but my routine test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) showed an abnormal level.

I was despatched to a urologist, and after a biopsy came the news no one wants to hear: you've got cancer. I was fortunate the cancer was discovered early and hadn't escaped from the prostate. I studied the options, and went for a radical prostatectomy, which meant using robotic tools controlled by a skilled surgeon to remove the prostate.

Gary Jones running the London Marathon

And so here I am, 30 months later... running the London Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK.

As editor of the Sunday Mirror, I have the privilege of being able to promote the incredible efforts of Prostate Cancer UK to make all men aware of the disease, improve tests for diagnosis and develop better treatments to hopefully ensure the day will come when it will no longer be a killer.

We're going use space across the Daily & Sunday Mirror – and with surprising content in our sports pages – to drive home the key points about prostate cancer and how men can look after themselves.

Don't miss it...

Gary Jones
Executive Editor, Daily Mirror & Sunday Mirror

Mirror takeover front and back covers

Our takeover of the Mirror's front and back pages on 27 May.

Will you take on the Keepie Uppie Challenge?

The Mirror’s editor-in-chief, Lloyd Embley, is kicking off the partnership on Saturday with 33 keepie uppies, challenging the public and footy legends Robbie Savage and Stan Collymore to beat his total.

Just film yourself doing as many 'keepie uppies' with a ball as you can and then share it on social media with the hashtag #keepieuppiechallenge.

Trinity Mirror will donate £3.50 to Prostate Cancer UK (up to a total of £9,000) for each person who beats Lloyd's score. Every penny raised will help us save the lives of more men. Good luck!

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