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CYCLE TO THE MOON, BIKE TO THE MOON, LET’S SAVE A DAD!

  • Prostate Cancer Charity Aims to “tackle” Prostate Cancer Through Cycling
  • UK charity, Tackle Prostate Cancer encourages everyone across the country to get on their bikes and Cycle to the Moon to fight Prostate Cancer and #SaveADad

Tackle Prostate Cancer launches 2019 campaign to help raise awareness of prostate cancer

Tackle Prostate Cancer, the voice of prostate cancer patients and their families in the UK, has launched their 2019 campaign ‘Cycle to the Moon, Save a Dad’ – a major fundraising initiative that will encourage people of all ages to get on their bicycles or motorbikes and raise awareness and money for the fight against prostate cancer.

Cycle to the Moon, Save a Dad is a chance for members of the public to show their support through their cycling or motorcycle miles on the roads, in the gym, at home or on outdoor trails. The event is open to all ages regardless of ability. It is designed to be a fun, healthy activity raising funds on behalf of Tackle Prostate Cancer as well as encouraging the next generation to participate. It also aims to raise awareness and encourage men at risk of prostate cancer to get tests and earlier diagnosis. The campaign was first launched in 2018 and received an overwhelming response from the public. This year, Tackle are expanding on Cycle to the Moon and welcoming the motorcycle community to join the mission to “tackle” prostate cancer. Bike to the Moon will encourage motorcycle clubs across the UK to join us in our journey and help us reach our goal.

In the night sky, the Moon can appear to be barely larger than a pound coin. In reality it is almost 250,000 miles away. Big things can be deceptively small like that. Imagine being diagnosed with cancer in a part of your body that is barely the size of a walnut. This is prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men. 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and nearly 12,000 die from it – that’s one every 45 minutes. We need to reverse these statistics now. The campaign’s target is £250,000 – £1 for every mile between Earth and the Moon.

Tackle Prostate Cancer is a patient-led charity addressing the real issues people face when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer and helping people to cope with their diagnosis and treatment. As a National Federation, Tackle has 90 support groups across the country, representing some 15,000 members.

Roger Wotton chairman of Tackle Prostate Cancer says: “We know how devastating the diagnosis of prostate cancer can be.  Raising awareness and funds through this campaign will hopefully see more men being tested earlier, and help accelerate a reduction in mortality figures. Prostate cancer doesn’t just affect the man diagnosed – it affects his whole family.”

Prostate cancer is now a bigger killer than breast cancer, making prostate cancer the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. Every penny raised will make a difference, lives will be saved and more people will be aware of the need to be tested. The money will help the charity continue to meet its objectives of campaigning on behalf of patients and raising awareness in the community. It will also enable the ‘Save a Dad’ initiative to be followed through in secondary schools where the aim is to get a discussion on prostate cancer in the National Curriculum, just as breast cancer is included today. Working through secondary schools Tackle would like to make teenagers aware that prostate cancer will impact 1 in 8 of their dads. The charity hopes that by educating the next generation about the importance of men being tested earlier it can help “Save a Dad”.

Cycle to the Moon ambassador, vocal coach and TV presenter David Grant, said: “Prostate cancer does not care who it affects or the devastation it causes to patients and their families. It’s a cause close to my heart as my cousin was diagnosed, so I want to urge you to make a difference and get on your bikes and clock up some miles. One man dying every 45 minutes is a startling figure and we all need to do what we can to reduce mortality figures. This is a chance for members of the public to fight this cancer. The event is open to all ages regardless of abilities; it is designed as a fun and healthy activity whilst at the same time raising funds for Tackle Prostate Cancer.”

Professor Frank Chinegwundoh MBE, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust, Chairman, Tackle Clinical Advisory Board said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.  Unfortunately many men are unaware of this fact and unaware that there is a blood test, PSA, that is an indicator of their risk.  The ‘Cycle to the Moon, Save a Dad’ initiative will raise children’s awareness and thus their fathers. Undoubtedly, lives will be saved.  Knowledge is power.”

Lord Rose, Ambassador for Tackle Prostate Cancer said: “One in eight men in the UK will develop Prostate Cancer. Tackle’s initiative ‘Cycle to the Moon, Save a Dad’ is an exciting fundraising event which aims, through schools, to raise awareness in the next generation and hopefully see more men at risk of prostate cancer having an earlier diagnosis.”

If you would like to get involved please go to: https://cycletothemoon.tackleprostate.org/ where you can download a fundraising pack full of great ideas and tips to get cycling, biking for the fight against prostate cancer.

You can organise your own cycling or biking event by yourself, with your friends and family, outdoors or indoors and get people to sponsor you.

There are two ways in which you can raise money through your event:

1.  Set up a fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving. This is just like JustGiving but Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit organisation and only charge charities the minimum fees needed to cover their running costs. You can easily see who has sponsored you and your supporters are automatically thanked. But you can of course thank them personally as well if you want.

You can also create a team page for your club on Virgin Money Giving where individual pages can be linked together. This will show how much your event as a whole, has raised.

2. Use a sponsorship form If you prefer to use a form that people can fill out to support you, then this is the one for you.

If you need any help or advice, please call James on 0300 365 4080 or email [email protected]

Notes to Editors

Media information: For images, interviews or case studies, or if you have a story please contact Siobhan Connor at Connor PR [email protected] Tel 07966177025

For information on support groups, prostate cancer and testing days, visit www.tackleprostate.org.

Join the conversation: Please use our #SaveADad on social media to show your support.#CycleToTheMoon or #BikeToTheMoon

If you would like more details about this event, please visit the Cycle and Bike to the Moon website

FB: www.facebook.com/tackleprostate/

Twitter: @tackleprostate

Instagram: tackle_prostate_cancer

About Tackle

Tackle is the voice of prostate cancer patients and their families in the UK. As a National Federation, we only exist by virtue of our 90 support groups across the country, representing some 15,000 members. Supporting Patients, Raising Awareness and Campaigning on Issues.

In the UK:

  • 1 man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer
  • 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 4 African Caribbean men will get prostate cancer
  • 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year
  • Men are more at risk of prostate cancer if:
    • you are aged 50 or over
    • you’re an African Caribbean man over 45
    • you have a family history of prostate cancer or breast cancer.

Men with a greater risk of prostate cancer should consult their GP and explain that they are at higher risk and ask for a PSA test which are available FREE in the UK to men over 50