Today (Sunday 18th June 2017) Glasgow Pollock Country Park was abuzz as hundreds flocked to take part in the first ever Prostate Cancer UK March for Men family fundraising event. Taking place ahead of Father’s Day the event raised vital funds to help beat prostate cancer – a disease which kills one man every hour.
Supporters young and old took part from across the area to walk a choice of distances around a circular route, many with a personal connection to the disease.
Marlene Graham, 35, from Larkhall took part in the event with her family, as her father sadly died from prostate cancer in 2005: “I am so pleased with the amount of people who came to show their support today. Everyone had a lot of fun with their family and friends and more importantly, they raised vital funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. My little boy insisted on walking the whole way even though he is only two years old! “
“Events like the Glasgow March for Men are so vital in helping us get the message across about prostate cancer and helping fund vital research to stop prostate cancer being a killer.”
The event formed part of Prostate Cancer UK’s wider walking programme, March for Men, which included a trio of Local Walks across Father’s Day weekend, in London on June 17th and Leeds and Glasgow 24 hours later. The events come hot on the heels of intrepid television presenter Jeff Stelling who completed an unbelievable fifteen day walking challenge for Prostate Cancer UK on Friday 16th.
Over 574 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Greater Glasgow and Clyde each year, with over 161 men dying from the disease, and over 3775 living with and beyond prostate cancer.
Angela Culhane, Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “I am over the moon with the success of our March for Men event in Glasgow this Father’s Day weekend. Everyone really made an effort to come together and fight against this deadly disease.
Currently 11,000 men die from prostate cancer in the UK every year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026. However through events such as the Glasgow March for Men, we hope to raise further awareness and funds so instead we can save more men’s lives and make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation need not fear.”
For more information about Prostate Cancer UK’s March for Men programme, visit marchformen.org
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