“Men, we are with you,” is the message from leading men’s health charity, Prostate Cancer UK, as their March for Men series returns to Glasgow this weekend.
Now in its third year, the family-friendly walking event kicks off in Pollok Park on Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16.
Stepping up to the challenge, the charity will be urging walkers to back their campaign by completing a 2km, 5km or 10km route around the park – raising funds needed for vital research into the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, with the aim to save men’s lives.
The campaign aims to celebrate everything great about men as well as highlighting the lives lost when one man dies ever 45 minutes from prostate cancer.
Over 26,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in Scotland, and that figure is 4,600 in Glasgow, emphasising the need to raise awareness and funds.
Walkers spanning a range of fitness levels are able to participate the walk of solidarity through Glasgow, celebrating and paying tribute to the special men in their lives.
Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling will also reprise his own March for Men, walking four marathons in four countries in four days, kicking off in Glasgow September 5, before visiting Belfast, Cardiff and London from September 5-8.
His aim is to raise over £1m, following the 25 walking marathons he has already completed in support of Prostate Cancer UK.
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with one man dying every 45 minutes from this disease. That’s unacceptable, and that’s why I’m walking again”, said Jeff, who regularly wears the Prostate Cancer UK Man of Men pin badge on Soccer Saturday alongside former Scotland stars Charlie Nicholas and Alan McInally.
“It’s an indiscriminate disease, affecting men and their loved ones across the UK. I’ve walked alongside many of them and am proud to call some friends. Their reaction and positive outlook despite being dealt the toughest of hands is simply unbelievable. I’m marching for them – and everyone affected – in a bid to fund the research to change the game.”
Since 2016, more than 10,000 people have walked with Prostate Cancer UK and raised over £3.3million to support the charity’s vital work.
Prostate Cancer UK Chief Executive Angela Culhane: “We stand with men and for men: when diagnosis isn’t good enough, to fund research breakthroughs to provide better treatments, to campaign for better care, and with direct help through our support services.
“We are constantly inspired by the incredible men, women and children who come out to support us, each with their own story, personal motivation and challenges to conquer.
“We will be proud to walk side by side with them and together we can add to the real momentum building in the fight against this disease. The vital next step is to fund more ground-breaking research and work towards a screening programme, to catch prostate cancer early and save lives.”
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