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West Ham fans to March to the Arch for Prostate Cancer UK

PUBLISHED: 09:30 09 March 2018

The Football March for Men takes place on July 22 (pic: Prostate Cancer UK)

The Football March for Men takes place on July 22 (pic: Prostate Cancer UK)

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Legions of fans to walk to Wembley for cancer charity and you could be there too

West Ham United manager David Moyes ahead of the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.West Ham United manager David Moyes ahead of the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

West Ham United fans are set to play their part in raising money to help relegate Prostate cancer as they take part in the March for Men to Wembley Stadium this summer.

Prostate cancer has come more and more into the public eye in recent times with the news that former BBC presenter Bill Turnbull is suffering the effects of it and rues the fact that he was not checked earlier.

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FFor 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.

After a successful launch of the charity’s flagship walking campaign last year raised more than £1 million, there is even more reason for people to put their best foot forward and combat the most common cancer in men.

Stepping up to the challenge, the leading men’s health charity will be recruiting an army of walkers representing West Ham and clubs from the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Non-League in London and the South East in four mega marathon marches.

The Football March for Men will see legions of walkers setting off on the road to Wembley on Sunday, July 22, starting out from West Ham United, Millwall, St Albans City and Sutton United, and heading to the home of English football. The march to the arch will take in 15 clubs and create a fabulous finale.

The event has been backed by West Ham manager David Moyes while London Stadium season ticket holder, Garry Pettit, who has himself battled prostate cancer, also urged Hammers fans to step up.

Moyes, one of more than 50 bosses to have backed the charity’s work in football this season said: “I’ve long supported the work of Prostate Cancer UK by wearing my ‘Man of Men’ pin badge and the awareness being raised about this serious issue now is so important. The facts about the disease are shocking. One man dying every 45 minutes from prostate cancer equates to two men every game. That’s unacceptable.

“The West Ham fans are an incredibly passionate bunch and I’m sure they will rally together to hit back against this deadly opponent. I’m proud that West Ham will host the start of one of the Football March for Men walks this summer, and I hope this event is a huge success.”

Pettit, 48, added: “Prostate cancer is still a taboo subject with men. They get shy and embarrassed, but it’s so important to get checked out especially if, like me, there is a history of the disease in the family. I still count myself as incredibly lucky but men still don’t have enough awareness of the dangers of this disease.

“As a lifelong Hammers fan, it will be brilliant to see a sea of claret and blue heading to Wembley for a cause so important to me.”

London Stadium, home to the Premier League Hammers, will be the backdrop to the East London leg of the march, the route also visiting National League Leyton Orient before popping in on North London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Indeed, Spurs fans will get a glimpse of the new-look White Hart Lane before the day ends at their current borrowed base, Wembley.

Prostate Cancer UK’s march to the arch in 2018 provides a fitting climax to an exciting climax of walking events as the charity extends its footprint across the UK.

Prostate Cancer UK’s Chief Executive, Angela Culhane said: “One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, and we now know this disease is the third biggest cancer killer. That’s unacceptable. We need to turn that around and the wonderful efforts of Jeff Stelling in the last two years and everyone who has walked for us previously have laid the foundations.

“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.”

To sign up to a March for Men or find out more information go to: www.prostatecanceruk.org/footballmarch

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