AFL legend and prostate cancer survivor David Parkin is throwing his full support behind Greyhound Racing Victoria’s Go The Blue Dog campaign, which is raising money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
Every time a greyhound wearing the blue number four rug wins a Victorian greyhound racing during September, Greyhound Racing Victoria is donating $500 to the PCFA.
“The next time you’re watching a greyhound race, cheer for men’s health with Go The Blue Dog,” Parkin said.
In further support of the PCFA, Victoria’s 13 race clubs are each hosting a ‘Man Up’ event during September or October to raise further funds for this important cause.
Parkin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, and is hell-bent on assisting the PCFA in its mission to create awareness about the condition, raise money for research and urge men to get regular health checks.
“20,000 men will be diagnosed (with prostate cancer) in the next 12 months…that’s significantly higher than women with breast cancer. And we know that 3,000 of those (men) will lose the battle. It’s a very common disease among men and something we need men to become aware of,” Parkin said.
Parkin, who has a family history of prostate cancer, has always been diligent with regard to health checks, which allowed doctors to diagnose him before it was too late. The four-time premiership coach is encouraging all men to do the same.
“Get on your bike now (and) get to your GP. Have a yearly check up once you’re 50, and if you have a family history (of prostate cancer), do it from the time you’re 40,” he said.
‘Man Up’ Events
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