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Speed-ous to raise awareness about prostate cancer

Ballsy, brave, Daredevil Run 2021

Thousands of brave men will be taking to the streets on October 15 to “Run Cancer outta their hoods”. Picture: Supplied

Thousands of brave men will be taking to the streets on October 15 to “Run Cancer outta their hoods”. This one-off Covid-19-edition, national event will see runners from anywhere in the country participating from the comfort of their own neighbourhoods by running alone, with a friend, or in a small group of a maximum of five runners.

Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer and is on the increase. According to global research, one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Early diagnosis can mean a 95% chance of being cured.

The Covid edition of the Hollard Daredevil Run 2021 is now officially open for entries.

“The Hollard Daredevil Run is an opportunity to dare the men in our lives to be brave, to participate in a run with a difference to make a difference, to challenge stereotypes about male cancers, to start conversations about understanding prostate and testicular cancer and to learn how to lower cancer risk and how to catch it early,” says Heidi Brauer, chief marketing officer at Hollard.

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Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged between 15-39 and can affect men of all races. The survival rate of stage 1 testicular cancer can be as high as 100%, making early detection and prompt action vital.

Early diagnosis

“We’re challenging South African men to confront male cancers head-on by showing that they’re not afraid to run in a speedo, not afraid to talk about cancer and not afraid to get checked,” Brauer says. “This is part of our ongoing purpose of enabling a better future for more people. By ensuring that these cancers are caught early, we enable better futures not only for the men whose chances of survival are increased, but also their families and loved ones.”

Interested runners can register online and will receive a couriered Daredevil pack which includes a branded purple speedo, water bottle, purple mask, fundraising band, logistics for the day and important cancer awareness information.

So, whether you are from Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein or Bellville, Scottburgh or Soweto, Pofadder or Polokwane, man up and run cancer outta your hood.

**Entries cost R160 with all proceeds going to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa. Friends, family and neighbours can also sponsor runners and raise funds towards this important cause. Follow Daredevil Run on Facebook for event updates and details and go to https://bit.ly/3xHAYJR to register. Entries close on October 8 2021.

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