Brian’s vi­tal mes­sage up for an award

The Football League Paper - - FINAL THIRD -

DON’T Fear Your Foe, a short film by Prostate Can­cer UK about life-long Mill­wall fan Brian Kil­gan­non, is up for a prize at the Char­ity Film Awards this week.

The film is based around a let­ter Brian, who was di­ag­nosed in his late 40s, wrote to his fel­low Lions’ fans to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease and urge them not to ig­nore any symp­toms.

Brian, who has since died, is filmed read­ing his poignant words at Mill­wall’s New Den home in front of what ap­pears to be a full crowd.

But, at the end, it’s re­vealed he’s ac­tu­ally in an empty stadium, em­pha­sis­ing his mes­sage of the stark con­se­quences of men be­ing too proud and ig­nor­ing prob­lems.

Prostate can­cer is the most com­mon can­cer in men with 11,000 dy­ing in the UK each year.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at BAFTA on Wed­nes­day with the char­ity, who have teamed up with the Football League since 2012, a fi­nal­ist fol­low­ing two stages of judg­ing. Prostate Can­cer UK chief ex­ec­u­tive An­gela Cul­hane said: “Brian’s story is one that is sadly all-toofa­mil­iar. How­ever, by act­ing now and fight­ing this dis­ease we can help stop prostate can­cer be­ing a killer.”

Prostate Can­cer UK’s spe­cial­ist nurses can be con­tacted on 0800 074 8383. Al­ter­na­tively, check out www.prostate­can­ceruk.org

FIGHT­ING A KILLER: The film about Brian

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