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The FA And The PFA Supporting Male Cancer

28 March 2007

The FA, The PFA and the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign ran the annual ‘Keep Your Eye on the Ball’ awareness fortnight from the 4th – 18th March 2007, helping to raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer to the football community.

Thanks to help from over 80 Football Clubs and County FAs that supported ‘Keep Your Eye on the Ball’ by displaying awareness posters, adverts, leaflets and featuring articles in match-day programmes and magazines, the campaign’s life saving awareness messages have reached a vast audience of fans and players.

The FA also hosted a thank-you event for supporters of the campaign at its Soho Square headquarters on 8th March. Guests included England Goal-Keeping Coach Ray Clemence, QPR’s Marc Bitcham and TalkSport presenter Jason Cundy.

The evening was a big success with a special award being presented by Ray Clemence to Millwall FC, in recognition of the £60,000 raised by its fans for the Neil Harris Everyman Appeal. The award was collected by members of the Millwall press office and Marc Bircham on behalf of Neil Harris (who was absent, awaiting the imminent birth of his second child).

Neil Harris, Millwall Striker and testicular cancer survivor, commented “It’s great that Millwall have been recognised for all the hard work that so many people connected with the club have done in support of my appeal. The biggest vote of thanks has to go to the fans who continued to support me and raise money even when I was at Nottingham Forest.”

Testicular Cancer survivor Simon ‘Shaky’ Shakeshaft was also given an award for his continued support to Keep Your Eye on the Ball. Shaky has spent the last 13 months traveling over 25,000 miles, visiting over 120 English clubs spreading awareness messages about testicular cancer to an estimated 120,000 fans and as a medical professional, spoke to over a 1,000 players and coaching staff.

The event also helped to launch the ‘Keep Your Eye on the Ball’ 5k run that will be taking place in Victoria Park on 3rd June. Open to men only, participants will be able to run as part of their chosen football team. The winning team will be the one with the fastest average time over 5k. All money raised through the run will go to the Everyman Campaign to fund research into testicular and prostate cancer.

 

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For more information please contact:

Charlotte Muskett at the Everyman Campaign

T: 020 7153 5312

E: charlotte.muskett@icr.ac.uk

 

Notes to editors:

About Keep Your Eye on the Ball

  • The PFA and The FA set up the ‘Keep your Eye on the Ball’ campaign with The Institute of Cancer Research’s Everyman campaign to ensure that all footballers and their supporters are aware of the symptoms of male cancer. This campaign was in direct response to the discovery that players Neil Harris, Alan Stubbs and Jason Cundy all had testicular cancer.
  • For more information about the signs and symptoms of testicular and prostate cancer visit www.keepyoureyeontheball.org or call 0800 731 9468
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