My new campaign is to raise funds for my brothers wife Cath and close family with Robert's funeral expenses. This campaign is also to help in putting their lives back together, knowing the unforeseen but crippling financial hardship Roberts illness brought about.
My original fundraising appeal was to launch a "Raising Flags to Signs of Prostate Cancer" awareness campaign.
The campaign goal was to help save others by using the valuable lessons learnt following the late discovery of Metastatic Prostate Cancer in my Brother Rob.
My Raising Flags Summary
Rob was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer in Oct 2013 which is tragically inoperable & incurable due to its late discovery:
Bringing Rob's story to life in my "Raising Flags to early Signs of Prostate Cancer" awareness campaign.
This awareness campaign is to highlight the possible early signs of this type of Cancer in particular. Once launched I will be targeting guys 40+ and GP's everywhere to adopt it and which could be easily adapted for other cancers.
The general idea is based on health safety within the construction industry and my background. Basically the more Flags Raised, then more attention will be drawn to a particular problem solely by the number of Flags waving around highlighting something is wrong.
In Roberts case it would have been 12+ Flags Raised following the number of visits he made to his local surgery before the penny finally dropped, sadly in Robs case it was too late. This was after being informed, you don't have cancer Robert, to a sorry not long after to be informed, you have metastatic cancer and its terminal.
I feel if just a couple of flags had been raised, then he may have had a fighting chance if only it had been detected earlier. That's what my "Raising Awareness to Signs" will be about.
All it needed was someone to shout, "Hey wait a minute there's a possible link here to Prostate Cancer but no one did.
Thanks to everyone helping to spread the word and contributing to this campaign.
A positive impact
One piece of good news is that Rob's story is already beginning to help others with the age category now lowered from 50 to 40 in his local area and that flags will now be raised when symptoms of metastatic prostate cancer begin to show in this lower age group. Well done to his local GP practice for introducing this new policy.