The Errol McKellar Foundation works to create greater awareness of the dangers of prostate cancer and to encourage men to be aware of the potential symptoms and get tested. Prostate cancer affects 1 in 8 men in the UK and that rises to 1 in 4 men from a black African and Caribbean background.
The charity was founded in 2018 by Leyton Orient football coach and MOT car mechanic Errol McKellar after his own life was completely changed when he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer.
He didn't have any symptoms but whilst waiting for an appointment with his GP he read a leaflet about the illness and asked to be tested. His PSA level came back a bit high and further tests revealed he had 92% prostate cancer.
Following an operation to remove his prostate Errol went on to have three months of radiotherapy and has now been given the all clear, although he is continually dealing with some of the serious side effects from his treatment, including bladder control and erectile dysfunction.
Since then he's dedicated his life to making men aware of the dangers of prostate cancer and encouraging them to get tested. This became especially effective when Errol randomly decided to encourage the men who went into his garage to go and speak to their GP about their risk and have a PSA test, and in return he offered them discounts on their MOT.
"I said to my customers, when was the last time you had your prostate checked? You brought your car in here for me to check because there's a problem. Do you know what's going on in your own inside? Men need to talk about it even if they don't want to. I talk to men of all ages. I talk to women too because they get the message across to their men. I try and spread the message every single day. I want to reach men before it's too late. I really believe we can beat this.”
As a result almost 50 men discovered they had prostate cancer and were able to begin treatment. Errol is an ambassador of Prostate Cancer UK and Colin Jackson's prostate cancer project Go Dad Run but decided to create his own charity so he can proactively visit communities around the UK to talk about all aspects of the illness.
As The Errol McKellar Foundation is a small new charity it has very low costs and no offices so all sponsorship and donations will go towards setting up talks and visits for Errol, and ultimately other men who have experienced prostate cancer, to make around the UK.
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