Despite fighting advanced prostate cancer, Millwall supporter Brian Kilgannon continues to bang the drum for Prostate Cancer UK – and his efforts saw him deservedly claim a top charity prize last Friday.
At the inaugural CharityComms Inspiring Communicator Awards in Farringdon, London on November 29th, Kilgannon was named one of 16 charity champions for his tireless work promoting awareness of the killer disease.
The life-long Lions fan got in touch with Prostate Cancer UK following the organisation’s groundbreaking partnership with Millwall, sharing his story to ensure other football fans wise up to their health before it's too late.
Brian has also written in the Lions matchday programme and on the Prostate Cancer UK website as well as appearing in a powerful video - http://prostatecanceruk.org/millwall.
Brian said: “I was proud to be nominated by Prostate Cancer UK and then delighted to win a CharityComms Inspiring Communications award for the letter I wrote to Millwall fans this season. For me the most important aspect is to make sure men, regardless of who they support, hear my story and take responsibility for their health.
“My prostate cancer diagnosis has deeply affected my family. Believe me, you don’t want this to happen to you or your family. My message is loud and clear. If you think you have a problem visit your doctor today. Don’t leave it until it’s too late.”
Director of fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK Mark Bishop added: “It’s fantastic to see Brian’s tireless and brave efforts recognised but we need more men like him to stand up and hammer home the message about this killer disease.
“Prostate cancer kills one man every hour in the UK, and it’s clear the impact of this disease has had a massive effect on the inspirational Kilgannon family. But they remain strong, united, and determined not to let it take over their lives.
“We have made great leaps through our partnership with Millwall and The Football League but must not rest on our laurels and further pull together to help more men survive prostate cancer.”
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Notes to Editor
About prostate cancer:
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Every hour 1 man dies from prostate cancer.
One in four Black men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives.
Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. It funds research into causes and treatments and provides support and information.