QPR 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’s time to 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 Rangers manager Ian Holloway while Director of Football and club legend Les Ferdinand, whose grandfather died from prostate cancer, urged supporters to get involved.
Ferdinand said: “I'll admit prostate cancer wasn't on my radar a decade ago; I knew nothing about it at all. Now I do. I lost my grandfather to prostate cancer and it's also affected other members of my family too. I go and see my doctor every year without fail, and seeing the new statistics about the disease overtaking breast cancer to be the third biggest cancer killer only reinforces our need to get on the front foot and take action.
“For many years QPR fans have supported this hugely important cause, and that continues. In July fans from across London and the South East will converge on Wembley stadium in a serous of epic marathon marches all to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. The Football March for Men will head via Loftus Road so I’m hoping to see an army of Rangers supporters pounding the pavements and joining the rest of the football family in taking a stand.”
Holloway, one of more than 50 bosses to have backed the charity’s work in football this season, said: “New statistics about prostate cancer overtaking breast cancer as the third biggest cancer killer again brought this serious issue to the fore. As managers, and more importantly as men, it’s increasingly important we take our health seriously, so continuing to get behind the work of Prostate Cancer UK is a no-brainer for me.
“Football can always be force for change and greater good, and the club will continue to raise awareness of something that has affected one of our own, Les Ferdinand. We can’t stand still, so I’m delighted the Football March for Men will head to Loftus Road in July and I’d encourage Rangers fans to get involved and make a life-saving difference.”
Rangers stalwart Jamie Mackie added: “Prostate cancer is a massive issue amongst men, and it’s been great to raise awareness of the dangers of this disease by wearing the ‘Man of Men’ logo on the back of my shirts.
“QPR have always supported the work of Prostate Cancer UK and it’s great to see another big walking event involving clubs in London and the South East. Hopefully many Rangers fans will join the Football March for Men and help us turn things round.”
The South London starting point is The Den, home to Championship side Millwall, who 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, Chelsea and Loftus Road is the penultimate stop 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.