This week, fathers and sons are teaming up to help raise awareness around male cancers and to raise money in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Father and Son Day was set up by Daniel Marks and Jack Dyson, two friends who have both survived testicular cancer, and whose fathers both had cancer. The campaign aims to inspire men by celebrating the legacy of respect and admiration that flourishes between inspirational fathers and their sons, between men and their mentors.
Through sharing photos of fathers and their sons, the campaign aims to raise awareness of all male cancers and raise funds for two projects at The Royal Marsden that will have far reaching benefits including:
- The UK’s first Robotic Surgery Fellowship – a truly pioneering surgical training programme that will transform the way cancer operations are carried out and train the best surgeons in the world, so that more patients can benefit from this pioneering approach to surgery.
- Just as importantly, Father and Son Day is also raising funds for two clinical psychologists at The Royal Marsden to provide psychological support to young men affected by cancer; giving them the tools they need to communicate and cope with their cancer diagnosis and treatment.
““This campaign is inspired by very personal experience. It is about giving back to an organisation that saved my life and saves thousands more around the world every day.” said Co-Founder Daniel Marks “The bond between father and son is one of the most important, rare and powerful friendships many men will ever have. Its strength and power deserves to be celebrated with dignity. We’re thrilled to be a catalyst for that and raise funds for such a worthy cause.””
You can get involved by sharing your own #FatherAndSonDay portrait on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and donating £5. Simply text MARSDEN to 70800 to give £5 and nominate your friends to do the same
For more information, visit www.royalmarsden.org/fatherandsonday