Chairman champions prostate cancer cause during Dry July

Walking the talk is something Adjunct A/Professor Steve Callister takes seriously in his role as the National Chairman of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

The long-term prostate cancer survivor and businessman has joined PCFA’s Dry July campaign, captaining 1400 other supporters in their month-long quest to quit alcohol and raise funds for Australian men and families impacted by the disease.

His mission for Dry July is just the latest in a commitment that spans over 15 years of voluntary service to PCFA, including the last three as Chairman of the nation’s peak body.

“I’m proud to play a role on PCFA’s 1400-strong Dry July team in order to raise vital funds and awareness for Australian men and families impacted by cancer,” Adjunct A/Prof Callister said.

“This year we have drawn together PCFA’s biggest Dry July team in the history of the campaign, demonstrating the relevance of our work to the Australian community.

“It’s a staggering fact that one Australian man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 30 minutes, and nine men will die each day from the disease.

“The funds we raise will go towards PCFA nursing services, ensuring no man walks alone through his diagnosis.

“Our vision is to say cheers to a world without prostate cancer and we are very grateful to have the support of the Dry July Foundation,” he said.

PCFA CEO, Prof Jeff Dunn AO, called on the community to support the organisation’s campaign.

“People can join at any time during the month and make a donation online,” Prof Dunn said.

“Dry July is a great way for the community to come together and support the 230,000 Aussie families who are currently living with prostate cancer.

“We need to raise awareness that prostate cancer remains the most common cancer in Australian men, with around 17,000 diagnosed each year and the number of men living with the disease expected to increase by 60% in future. 

“Dry July’s support for our work will ensure that we can meet the rapidly increasing demand for our vital nursing services, so that men and families don’t have to suffer in silence.

“We’d welcome new team members and donations from those who want to find a way to improve their health and support an important cause – please go Dry this July and make a difference.”

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