THE Robin Cancer Trust, based in Essex, South East, is celebrating after becoming world record breakers for a ballsy new virtual self-check campaign. The campaign saw 260 men from across the world come together to check themselves for testicular irregularities, and changes live on camera and to raise awareness of testicular cancer.
Toby Freeman, 31, founder of the Robin Cancer Trust, achieved the feat of becoming a World Record Holder after his campaign to get more than 240 men to check themselves for testicular cancer live on Zoom was held at the beginning of April.
Toby Freeman, Founder & CEO of The Robin Cancer Trust, said:
“I am so grateful to the men that joined us on Zoom from across the globe to check for irregularities and beat the virtual world-record for the largest simultaneous self-check. We had attendees from Malawi, Netherlands, Mauritius, South Africa, India, New Zealand and the USA, so it truly was a global World Record.
“Testicular cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in young men, but it’s also 98% curable if caught and treated early. We promised my brother that something good would be born of his tragedy, and I feel positive that he would be so proud of our latest world record-breaking campaign, which has helped raise awareness, reduce embarrassment around the topic and ultimately helped save young people’s lives through early detection of testicular cancer.”
The Freeman family began raising awareness of testicular cancer in 2012 following the death of their son and brother, Robin Freeman, aged just 24. Robin was diagnosed in 2011 with a rare form of testicular cancer, a Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumour (a grapefruit-sized tumour in his chest).
Matt Eaton, President of Round Table Britain & Ireland, who supported the event, said:
“It’s amazing that in a socially distanced world, The Robin Cancer Trust brought together men from across the world to learn how to check themselves, what to do if they find something, and most importantly break the stigma surrounding talking about testicular cancer.”
Jack Broadley, testicular cancer survivor, said:
“As a survivor, It was amazing to be part of such a worldwide event educating men how to check themselves – I’m sure the awareness raised will save someone’s life one day.”
The charity’s vision is to reach every young person in the UK with their life-saving cancer campaigns by 2024.