Sink putts to sink cancer
CAR lover and sports fanatic Andrew Mcintyre has led the charge of men as a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with stage three melanoma when he was only 38 years old, Andrew remembers the shocking moment in 2010 that changed his life forever.
“I’ll never forget the moment the doctor told me I had melanoma and it had spread. It didn’t seem real that I only had a 50/50 chance of survival,” said Andrew.
“I didn’t have chemo, so I got to keep my beautiful ginger hair,” he said with a smile. “Although I’m not completely in the clear, I am getting my life back on track. When my wife Paula needed more information or had any questions, she called Cancer Council NSW’S Helpline so she could download her feelings and fears and stay strong for me.”
As part of his ongoing effort to increase awareness about the disease, Andrew is a big supporter of Cancer Council NSW.
This summer, Cancer Council NSW and Andrew are looking for passionate golfers to join forces with others in their community and help raise funds to support cancer research.
Hosting a golf day is easy, and the Do Your Thing website is a site where hundreds of individuals can register to host their own event to help raise money to fight cancer. All you need to do is:
1. Book the date and tee off time with your club.
2. Visit our website to find out more and register www.doyourthing.com.au/golf-thing
3. Start inviting all your friends and family
4. Set a fundraising target
Tony Naoum at Cancer Council NSW said getting golfers to register for a day out on the course aims to not only raise funds for the cause, but also reach out to people with an important message about things they can do to reduce their risk of cancer.
“About a third of all cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices. You can cut your cancer risk by not smoking, reducing alcohol intake, eating healthily and exercising regularly,” he said.
“Golfers spend a lot of time outdoors so it’s important they adopt sun safety measures such as wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, if they notice any changes they should speak to their GP’S as soon as possible.” he said.
You can sink balls to sink cancer! Register at www.doyourthing.com.au/golf-thing
Andrew Mcintyre (right) enjoying outdoor sports with wife Paula