Rotherham United are set to welcome intrepid television presenter Jeff Stelling, who will be continuing his next leg of his epic walk at 8am tomorrow from AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Teaming up with leading men’s health organisation Prostate Cancer UK, the long-standing Soccer Saturday presenter is set complete 10 walking marathons in 10 days, from boyhood club Hartlepool United to Wembley between now and March 30th.
Jeff will be at the AESSEAL New York Stadium tomorrow (Thursday 24th March) setting off at 8am to then visit both Sheffield clubs before finishing this particular leg of his journey at Chesterfield. Fans are welcome to come down to the stadium to support Jeff and wave him off onto the next leg of his journey.
Jeff said: “I deal in statistics – but the ones we are dealing with here are shocking. One man dies every hour from this disease, that’s six in the course of Soccer Saturday every week. One in eight men will get prostate cancer, and for black men the odds are even worse at one in four.
“Prostate cancer is not discerning. It doesn’t just hit the bad guys; it’s the good guys as well. I’ve got friends such as Sky Sports rugby league colleagues Bill Arthur and Eddie Hemmings who I have known longer than I care to remember. Both are great guys who have been affected by prostate cancer and I’ll be meeting more men like them along the way.
“That’s why I’ve signed up for this challenge. I’ve run marathons and climbed Kilimanjaro. There were also some nice fundraising opportunities to go and walk on the Great Wall of China or maybe go to Peru, but they sounded too much like jollies to me. I wanted to do something where people could see I was feeling the pain on behalf of a fantastic cause.
“Within the next ten years Prostate Cancer UK believes they will find the answers to make this disease something men and their loved ones no longer fear. I’ve met the scientists who pledge to do this and I can see how dedicated they are. But do to this we need to raise vital funds – and I need everyone to support me and all the men affected by prostate cancer by visiting menunitedmarch.org and pledging their support.”
To support Jeff, and find out more about his challenge, visit menunitedmarch.org.