"In March 2019 my dad became part of the 1.4 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. They managed to catch it early, luckily. After one successful operation and completing his radiotherapy he's now cancer free and his outlook looks positive. However, I know not everyone's story is the same so supporting a cause like Movember is important to me this and every year.
In previous years I’ve done the classic Mo but last year I also did my first running challenge with a group of mates, 100km in November. This year I’m taking part in a 3 month challenge to raise money for 3 charities, including Movember. I’ll be doing 100km in August, 10,000 metres swimming in September and finished off with 300km of cycling in October.
When my dad had prostate cancer, I don’t think I ever quite accepted what was happening at the time. I didn’t really talk to anyone about it until I shared why I was doing Movember. I realised there certainly wasn’t a lack of support around me, I had just chosen not to reach out. When my fiances dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away I knew I had that support network.
Life can be tough, but surrounding yourself with good people will make the tough times slightly easier. Being able to talk to people when your loved ones have something as terrible as cancer really helps."
You can support Josh's challenge and donate to his fundraising here.