Testicular Cancer NZ has 2 main objectives:
- To educate people about testicular cancer and encourage awareness of the disease
- To support men, and their families, who are going through diagnosis and treatment.
The organisation is connected to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, the main charity in New Zealand working in the area of male-specific cancers.
Education and Awareness
Testicular cancer is primarily a disease in younger men and we provide information to make them aware of the need to self-check regularly. Information is available on line, through brochures and posters and through the Helpline.
Men with testicular cancer have to make vitally important decisions about their treatment. They may also have to make important choices and adjustments to enjoy a full life. To do this they need relevant and current information to help them make the decision that is best for them. It is not our role to give you medical advice, but we will guide you to the most appropriate information available.
April is the International Testicular Cancer Awareness month and this organisation joins in promoting awareness during the month.
Aaron Cruden is a New Zealand rugby superstar, known for his tactical flair and exciting skill-set. He has played at every level of the the game, from his debut for the Manawatu Turbos through to Super Rugby and the All Blacks. He was the highest points scorer for the All Blacks 2013 perfect season and has won back-to-back Super Rugby titles, in 2012 and 2013 and was the Top Points Scorer for the 2012 Super Rugby Competition. He is the current captain for the Waikato Chiefs.
In 2008 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent rigorous treatment that enabled him to overcome the disease. He makes no secret of this and has agreed to be an Ambassador to help raise awareness of testicular cancer among young men in New Zealand.
We feel very privileged to have the legendary Tony Marsh as our ambassador for Testicular Cancer NZ . Tony enjoyed a professional rugby career in both New Zealand and then France before ending his playing career in 2007. He then moved on to a coaching role before returning to New Zealand. Tony was diagnosed and treated successfully for testicular cancer while living in France.
Since Tony’s return to NZ he has been involved with Auckland netball, North Harbour rugby referees, NZ trampolinists and is currently the strength & conditioning trainer with NZ Squash.
Jo is a survivor of testicular cancer and is passionate about sharing his experience with young men in New Zealand. He tells his story in schools to make people aware of the disease and is also the Chair of the National Cancer Consumer Advisory Group to the Ministry of Health.
He is the father of twin boys and co-director with his wife of Colour Communication, a ‘futures-scenarios’ agency working with corporate New Zealand helping them ‘transact’ with Post Settlement Government Entities (PSGE’s) & Māori, Pasifika & Asian audiences.
Kevin A. Hall is an Ivy League graduate of Brown University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and French literature. Despite being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1989, he went on to become a world-champion Olympic sailor, as well as racing navigator for Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2007 America’s Cup match.
A two-time testicular cancer survivor, Kevin has spent a successful 25 years as a racing navigator, speed testing manager, and sailing performance and racing instruments expert. He currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and their three children. For more details, please visit www.kevinahall.com
See Kevin’s story on TVNZ’s Sunday programme here
Our aim is to spread the awareness for boys/men to be aware of any changes in their testicles and also help support them and their family in their journey if diagnosed with testicular cancer. If you would like to share your story then we would like to hear from you. Please email us.