World Champion darts player Martin 'Wolfie' Adams gives us the latest on his battle with prostate cancer as he and our extraordinary volunteers continue to raise extraordinary sums in the darts community and recruit the game's most famous players to the cause.
Team Darts – our group of super-fundraisers working in the darts community and backed by World Champion arrowsman Martin "Wolfie" Adams – have hit their first £50,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Led by Tracy Fletcher, it marks the culmination of over six months of selling branded shirts and pin-badges at darts events up and down the UK, as well as encouraging more and more high-profile players to wear our 'Man of Men' in front of the TV cameras.
"We are very proud and overwhelmed about what, with the support of the darts community, we’ve been able to achieve in a short space of time," says Tracy, whose husband Danny and Martin have both been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
"We’d like to thank the darting legends who have lent their support by wearing the Team Darts shirt, the 'Man of Men' pin-badge and giving up their time to help promote the cause."
Having successfully brought about a partnership between us and the British Darts Organisation, Tracy and the team are now setting their sights on raising £180,000 from the sport.
"It’s been a difficult time for Danny, me and our family," says Tracy, who shared Danny's determination to help others after his diagnosis, and wanted to use their love of darts to raise awareness. "Knowing we have the love and support of so many people behind us makes it all worthwhile."
For three-time World Champion Martin 'Wolfie' Adams, facing prostate cancer has been his toughest opponent yet but he's been making good progress since his diagnosis in March 2016.
"Everything is going really well and I’m feeling good," says Martin. "My last blood test showed that my PSA levels were still down, which was really great news. I still have hot flushes and joint pain, but I’m feeling fit and well.
"I haven’t been given the all clear, but my consultant said in November that my PSA results were as good as an all clear. Hopefully it's something I’ll hear in the next 6-12 months."
He blames the side effects of his treatment for the "hit-and-miss" form he's shown this season, but is feeling philosophical about it all.
"My game is not as good as I would have liked but I tend not to worry. When it comes to the question of darts or your health, your health wins every time," says Wolfie, who is full of admiration for the support he’s received from Team Darts and the wider darting community.
"When I look back at the first time I had a hot flush during a game, a side effect of treatment, it was awful. I couldn’t hit a thing I wanted. But I'm learning to manage it now and it’s not a total disaster! You learn to cope with it as you go."
With the darts season heading towards its halfway point, Prostate Cancer UK's star continues to rise across both codes of the game, with players like Peter 'Snakebite' Wright (pictured above), Phil 'The Power' Taylor and Ross 'The Boss' Montgomery all adopting the 'Man of Men' pin-badge on their shirts.
Current BDO World Champion Glenn Durrant also hopes to join Jeff Stelling at the home of his beloved Middlesbrough on 15 June, during the March for Men, with other top darts players expected to turn out in support too.
As Wolfie proudly acknowledges, it's all thanks to Team Darts' tremendous efforts and the dedication of its founding couple.
"Tracy and Danny have done a fantastic job and have been tireless at raising not only awareness within the darts community but donations too," he says. "Reaching £50,000 is incredible."