This is my dad, Sam
He died on August 20, 2016, from cancer. That’s him holding my nephew Dominic. If you’re visiting this page it’s probably because you know me and saw my post on social media. Here’s a photo of me.
Welcome! If you’re reading this, it’s probably because I asked you to donate money for a charity run I’ll be doing in a few weeks. I’m hoping to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, a cause that is close to my heart. I’ll keep things simple upfront, and provide more details below. The key thing to do is follow the instructions for the country you live in:
Are you in the United Kingdom?
Visit this page to make a donation: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/anthonyanzelmorpfhm20172790
Are you in the United States of America?
Go ‘murica! Things are a bit more complicated, but I think I figured out a way to make it work. Donate to an American cancer charity, tell me how much you donated, and I’ll match it pound for dollar to Prostate Cancer UK (up to 50-pounds per person). That way you don’t have to deal with foreign currency exchange, and your donation is tax-deductible. I recommend Prostate Cancer Foundation @ https://cure.pcf.org/site/Donation2 , but feel free to pick any other cancer charity you like.
Interested to know more about what all this is about? Then read on…
Why Prostate Cancer?
My dad, Sam Anzelmo, Jr. sadly lost a battle with pancreatic cancer on August 20, 2005. It was the 3rd cancer he fought with, starting with skin cancer that was detected early and treated, and then prostate cancer which was detected late after symptoms had progressed. It’s possible he would still be with us today if he received a test for prostate cancer earlier, but who knows.
How is prostate cancer detected?
The simplest way to detect it early is through a PSA test. If you’re in your 50’s then you should be getting tested regularly. You should get tested in your 40’s if you’ve got a family history of it.
When my father eventually got his PSA levels tested, it was after he was having painful symptoms, and by then his levels were very high.
Cancer sucks, am I right?
Yeap. Cancer sucks.
Ok, so tell me about the run?
It’s the London Royal Parks half-marathon. I ran it a few years ago, and it’s a great course, linking together 4 different royal parks in the heart of London. More details are here: https://royalparkshalf.com/about-the-event/
When is it?
Dude, come on, can you even run a half-marathon after this pandemic?
Hopefully! I ran the London Vitality half-marathon this past Sunday in 2 hours 30 minutes.
Oh, one more thing, is Prostate Cancer UK a legit charity?
Yes, according to their annual government records, they contribute 70% of funds raised to research.
What about the Prostate Cancer Foundation?
Even better, they contribute 79% of funds raised to research: https://www.charitywatch.org/charities/prostate-cancer-foundation