John raises money as well as awareness of men’s cancer

3/11/11 PM''WCDI t-shirt winner John Willis 36 who raised over 3500 from a charity gold day.''Picture: Paul Jacobs
3/11/11 PM''WCDI t-shirt winner John Willis 36 who raised over 3500 from a charity gold day.''Picture: Paul Jacobs
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He has battled testicular cancer - and to say thank-you to the team of nurses who helped him through, John Willis held a fundraising golf day.

The 36-year-old donated £1,000 to the Macmillan Centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

In all John raised £7,000 from the event, with money also going to the Rowans Hospice in Purbrook and the Everyman charity.

For that he is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner.

John, of Carlton Road, Portchester, said: ‘I was diagnosed with testicular cancer last August.

‘I actually had a cyst on one of my testicles, but it was only when that was removed that they found the tumour.

‘I would tell men to make sure they check themselves regularly and don’t be embarrassed to see your doctor.

‘I wanted to do something to show my gratitude to the nurses who helped.

‘Even if the money is spent on stationary for paperwork, it will help the Macmillan Centre operate and provide the vital service that it does.’

The golf day was held in April this year at Rowlands Castle, with almost 80 people taking part.

Now John wants to continue raising money and awareness of men’s cancers.

He has created a website to try to raise awareness of testicular cancer, highlighting issues such as symptoms, types of cancer and surgery options.

Visit kickitintotouch.org.