Today my blog is about a trip we took to Perth on March 23 to raise money and awareness for testicular cancer. The PFA (Professional Football Association) and the DT38 Foundation organised a game against Man United Legends as the main event to raise money for this cause, due to the passing of Dylan James Tombides in 2014.
The DT38 Foundation has been set up in memory of Dylan Tombides. Dylan was an Australian International and West Ham United professional football player who passed away aged 20 in April 2014 after a three year battle with testicular cancer. The West Ham Family thought so highly of Dylan that they retired his number 38 and made DT38 one of their principal charities.
The charity has been formed as a result of Dylan initially being misdiagnosed. Our vision is to change the way testicular cancer is diagnosed by implementing best practice diagnostic guidelines for patients who present with testicular symptoms. We also aim to arm future generations of young men with the necessary knowledge about testicular cancer which will enable them to be confident when taking health matters into their own hands.
Please visit the www.dt38.co.uk website to find more information about this massive problem that changes lives.
The game was attended by a big crowd and I’m sure they all came to see the legends, let’s say the Man United legends!!! The game was a huge success and after 90 minutes the score was 3-0 to the Aussies. Some of both Australia’s and United’s biggest names came together and enjoyed the match, as well as the pre and after match functions, thoroughly.
I have played against Arjen Robben and became friends with him in 1999/2000 and he was the first person to tell me about this disease. He had to have surgery and get the cancer removed from “down under”. Please don’t ignore symptoms as, again, too many lives have been lost due to a lack of awareness and a reluctance to talk about testicular cancer disease.
The photos are from the game and a link has been attached about a Dylan Tombides slideshow.
RIP Dylan James Tombides (18-04-2014) www.youtube.com/watch?v=79hWCw7VWjg