World Cancer Day is a day that unites and connects people across the globe. It’s an opportunity for people to talk about their experiences, share their stories and donate to support fantastic cancer charities worldwide.
Many of you will already know that this is a topic close to all of our hearts. Our Associate Director, Lloyd, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2016. Lloyd was an inspiration to all of us and, this World Cancer Day, we’re celebrating everyone around the world who is bravely fighting cancer.
We talked to Lloyd about his journey, his aspirations for preventing other men being affected the way he was and how we can all work together to help beat cancer.
Lloyd sadly lost his battle with cancer in September 2020, which reinforces to all of us just how important it is to continue fighting this awful disease. This interview was conducted in February 2020 while Lloyd was still striving to overcome prostate cancer’s impact on him.
How long have you worked for Club Insure?
I’ve been part of the team for over nine years. So it’s fair to say I know the team and our customers really well. I enjoy coming to work and throughout my diagnosis and treatments I’ve taken as little time off work as possible. It gives me a focus and everyone’s so supportive.
When were you first diagnosed with prostate cancer?
I was just 44. When I found out I had advanced prostate cancer, I collapsed in floods of tears. I was given a five to 10 year prognosis. The news was devastating but we had to keep hope.
How has your life been impacted by cancer?
From the outside, I lived the typical life I’ve always had with my wife and my girls. I still enjoy having a run around on the football pitch whenever I get the chance. We take the girls to school every morning, just like any other family. But the reality is that the thought of cancer just doesn’t go away.
Sometimes you catch yourself thinking “you’re not going to be around for these moments.” I worry I’m not going to see my children grow up, and I want to make the most of the time I have with my girls.
How are you coping with the treatment?
I’ve been through so many different treatments: hormone therapies, chemotherapy… eventually they’ve stopped working for me.
Treatment options are becoming more limited as the cancer becomes resistant to more drugs. But we’re all keeping hopeful that new treatments will be discovered.
What inspires you most?
My wife and my girls. I want to be able to function with prostate cancer for as long as possible to see my daughters grow up.
Why do you support Prostate Cancer UK?
I took part in my first fundraising event for Prostate Cancer UK just a few months after my diagnosis. It’s just not my nature to sit around and just accept the diagnosis – I want to be active in helping to raise awareness.
Prostate Cancer UK is a great charity that funds research into new treatments. And this research is helping people like me enjoy life for as long as I possibly can. It’s so important we find new ways to combat cancer, but charities like Prostate Cancer UK can’t do this without our help.
What does Club Insure’s partnership with Prostate Cancer UK mean to you?
It’s fantastic that Club Insure has pledged to raise £75,000 through donating £5 per new or renewed policy as part of a three-year partnership agreement with Prostate Cancer UK. The support of my colleagues and Justin, Club Insure’s CEO, has been incredible.
Can you tell us more about the partnership?
Club Insure’s going to put a lot of work into helping me fundraise and raise awareness. The team will be engaging the clubs we insure (over 4,000 of them!) to encourage them to talk to their members about the importance of prostate cancer awareness. The target’s to raise £5.5m through further fundraising activity – it’s an incredible amount.
Of course, my colleagues are going to be taking up individual challenges as well. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!
What’s your fundraising goal?
We’re hoping to raise awareness to over 1.75million people within three years. But that’s just a statistic. For me, if we can save one life either now or down the line through increasing awareness of the disease, then that’s a big legacy and a wonderful achievement.