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Prostate Cancer March For Men

Lions fans set to walk the long road to Wembley in bid to relegate prostate cancer...

9 March 2018

Millwall fans will be Marching for Men on the road to Wembley on Sunday 22nd July with Prostate Cancer UK - and you can join them.

For the first time, the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, making prostate cancer the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.

It is time to make greater strides in combating this disease, so fans from across the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Non-League are putting rivalries aside in a bid to raise much needed funds and awareness to help relegate this killer disease.

The Football March for Men consists of four mega marathon marches; each leg will be 26.2 miles and in total the marches will visit 15 clubs with each marathon converging at Wembley, the home of English football.

The event has been backed by Millwall manager Neil Harris, whilst William Kilgannon, whose father Brian died of prostate cancer, also urged Lions fans to step up.

Harris said: "Millwall and Prostate Cancer UK have worked together for many years – and it's fantastic that they will now be walking together to raise awareness of this hugely important issue.

"One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, which is a shocking statistic, but the special relationship between the two parties shows no sign of relenting. Our work together has saved lives, and it's brilliant that the supporters can unite to do something great to combat this, especially as it starts at The Den and ends at Wembley, a place we know very well.

"Cancer is non-discriminate. It has affected me personally, and also my friends and loved ones. But things like this can make a real difference. Prostate Cancer UK's work in football is second to none, and I wear my 'Man of Men' pin badge with pride. There is still much work to be done, but it's terrific to see the football family in London and beyond teaming up to tackle this deadly opponent head on."

William, 15, said: "l think it's important to put rivalries aside, just mainly because prostate cancer is a killer with no intentions of who you are and what you do. The work Millwall has done with Prostate Cancer UK has been life-saving and has set the tone across football. I’ll be marching in memory of my Dad to keep his legacy alive."

The South London starting point is The Den. Millwall earned national acclaim when they put the Prostate Cancer UK logo on their first-team strip in 2013/14. The route also visits Crystal Palace, Fulham, current Premier League champions Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers before the finale.

Prostate Cancer UK's Chief Executive, Angela Culhane, who walked more than 130 miles with Jeff Stelling in last year's march, said: "I'm thrilled that our walking programme continues to gather momentum, and look forward to beating the drum even louder across the UK this year as we mobilise legions of our supporters. One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, and we now know this disease is the third biggest cancer killer and that's unacceptable.

"Thanks to the money raised we can fund more ground-breaking research, and it will also help us provide dedicated support and information to men and their families and make prostate cancer a disease the next generation of men need not fear. We've got a way to go but these walks are the perfect way to take a step in the right direction." 

If you're interested in signing up for a March for Men or would like more information, visit Prostate Cancer UK’s website.


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