Skate4Cancer. Check Your Balls. Dream. Love. Cure.
In 2006, when I was first diagnosed with testicular cancer, I learned of Skate4Cancer (S4C). It was back when everyone was on Myspace and I was searching around looking for other people that mentioned being a testicular cancer survivor. I would try to strike up a friendship so that I could learn more about the disease and what to expect.
While searching around I ran into Skate4Cancer (dreamlovecure.org) and I was immediately attracted but it wasn't just with their Myspace page. I began seeing S4C in other people's Myspace names and immediately felt like I knew them. S4C was a young, positive voice in the fight against cancer. It was a gathering of people with similar experiences and desires and it was just what I had been looking for. S4C was one of the organizations that I learned from and wanted to emulate when forming the Testicular Cancer Society.
So why am I sharing all of this with you now?
I am excited to share that the Testicular Cancer Society has teamed up with Skate4Cancer as part of their "The Cure Is Knowledge" Check Your Balls Campaign. It excites me that almost 5 years from the day I first found S4C and found hope in their messages that I am now in The Cure Is Knowledge fight with them. The Check Your Balls Campaign is aimed to help educate young men on the importance of self-testicular exams as a way to help fight against testicular cancer. I was able to share my story on their campaign page as well.
With testicular cancer "The Cure Is Knowledge." Testicular cancer has highly effective treatments yet there are still young men dying from the disease. The reason for this is the lack of knowledge. Too many young men don't know that they are at risk for testicular cancer, they don't know how to do or aren't aware of the importance of self-testicular exams and if they do notice something wrong they don't seek medical attention soon enough. These delays in diagnosis lead to more complicated treatments and even death.
More on Skate4Cancer
Skate4cancer is an organization founded on the importance of engaging youth in cancer prevention. The skateboard world raised them, so working at a street level is what they know and their grassroots approach reflects it. By spreading this excitement and contagious way of thinking through epic skate marathons around the world, S4C has nurtured a strong, supportive community which they are dedicated to expanding.
Armed with the understanding that 80% of cancers can be prevented with early detection and healthy lifestyles, their "The Cure is Knowledge" campaigns propose that the only cure currently available is knowledge. They aim to create a public awareness of these forms of cancer, emphasizing the importance of understanding our bodies and family histories.
By creating educational campaigns that are easy to understand, they hope to inspire youth to incorporate preventative methods into their busy lives. Their goal is to bring together a community in support of these movements that passes the knowledge on to others. By instilling positive habits in young people they can create a generation of people that are well informed on preventative healthy living and familiarity with their bodies.
Skate4Cancer was somewhat of a crazy dream of Rob Dyer's and this year they celebrated their 8th anniversary. Check out their short-documentary about the last 8 years.