He’s more used to saving goals but tomorrow Gloucester City goalkeeper Mike Green is looking to help save lives.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers’ stopper is swapping his gloves for a collection tin to help raise money and awareness of testicular cancer.\r\n\r\nThe 22-year-old, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, has organised a fundraising event at the Tigers’ home tie against Boston United to help support It’s In The Bag, which supports men affected by testicular cancer.\r\n\r\nMike explained why the cause was close to his heart.\r\n\r\nHe said: ” A close friend was diagnosed with testicular cancer and I’ve seen what it can do to someone, but because it was diagnosed early enough he has made a tremendous recovery.\r\n\r\n”That’s why its important that we spread the word to get everyone to check regularly because if detected early there is a 95% success rate.\r\n\r\n”I know it’s not a topic that most blokes would want to talk about,\r\n\r\nBased at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre It’s in the Bag supports men from across the South West who are diagnosed with testicular cancer.\r\n\r\nMatt Phillips, chairman of the Gloucester City Supporters Trust said he was pleased to see Mike raising awareness of an important issue.\r\n\r\nHe said: “It’s great to see the players taking on the community ethos of the club – we raised money for Macmillan earlier in the season on Non League Day and we are keen to help other good causes like this and do our bit.”\r\n\r\nSince its formation It’s in the Bag has raised a staggering £133,518. The charity runs a testicular cancer awareness campaign KEEP CALM AND CHECK YOUR BALLS, designed by men for men, to ensure all young men have a set of instructions to check themselves monthly and what to do if they notice any changes.\r\n\r\nIn the most part testicular cancer is curable; so much of the money raised is spent supporting men after diagnosis with survivorship courses and support structures while they undergo intensive chemotherapy. The charity also help those who are not so well off and who may need assistance travelling to Bristol for treatment.\r\n\r\nFor more information click here.\r\n
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