John spreads the message at cup final

By Sue Pert

Saturday, March 22, 2014

 

John spreads the message at cup final

John Fraser before one of his Wear Your Pants on the Outside walks.

A WEST Wight man, who has beaten prostate cancer, is to be guest of honour at a major football match at Wembley next Sunday.

John Fraser, of Colwell, will be on the pitch in front of 45,000 fans to meet the players of Peterborough and Chesterfield in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

John, 73, was diagnosed with the disease 13 years ago and has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the charity with his annual Wear Your Pants on the Outside walk.

Prostate Cancer UK is this year’s charity for the Football League and the final is the culmination of the knockout competition involving the 48 clubs in Leagues One and Two.

John said: "I was contacted by the charity and asked if I would take part, and said yes straight away — even though I am a West Ham supporter.

"I will be travelling the night before with my wife, Ann, and we have been told we will be in the hospitality area beforehand for some lunch and then I will be presented to the teams on the pitch before kickoff.

"It’s a huge honour and I’m very flattered. It’s all very exciting and the match will be covered live on Sky.

"However, all I want to do is promote Prostate Cancer UK and show people it is possible to survive the disease."

John has raised around £25,000 for the charity over the past ten years and this year’s walk will be held in Yarmouth on Sunday, April 6.

He added: "It gets more popular each year and last time we had around 120 people taking part."

Reporter: suep@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Caro Neill

22nd March 2014, at 19:35:39

Well done sir! As the wife of a wonderful man who has suffered the agonies of cancer, I say a very big heart felt "THANK YOU" and thank you to everyone who contributes in any way to raising funds or awareness.

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by leslie woodward

22nd March 2014, at 18:07:45

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by leslie woodward

22nd March 2014, at 18:06:31

its great that john is raising money for charity for men with prostate cancer,however having been battling the disease for 11 years with no chance of a cure i rely on the nhs and new drugs for advanced prostate cancer,nice the regulatory body are not helpfull in this respect ,making decisions on usage of new drugs on cost ,i was fortunate in obtaining abiraterone via the government drug fund but at time of writing am denied xtandi due to costs charged by the drug company and having had the other drug yet they work in different ways and trials say they do work ,before chemotherapy a last resort drug is used due to attacking your own body defences as well as cancer where the newer drugs are targeted at the disease

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