Spreading word about ‘silent killer’ prostate cancer

Keith Daddow with his wife Margot Whittington.
Keith Daddow with his wife Margot Whittington.

APPLECROSS couple Keith Daddow and Margot Whittington know a thing or two about overcoming life’s obstacles.

Mr Daddow was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011, when he was 42, plunging his wife and young family into uncertainty.

Luckily for Mr Daddow, his relative youth and an early diagnosis saved his life.

About 3300 Australian men die from the disease every year.

“I was feeling fine, but I have a family history of prostate cancer – my father got it at 66 – so I had been getting checked for a number of years at that point,” Mr Daddow said.

“I was very lucky – my doctor said that if I had waited three years before catching it, I would have been given just a few weeks to live.”

The father of three has since made it a priority to spread awareness about the disease often referred to as “the silent killer”.

In 2014, that mission took him to the peak of the highest mountain in Africa, helping to raise $66,000 along the way as part of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s inaugural Save a Man Kilimanjaro Challenge.

After a hiatus this year, the challenge returns in November 2016 and Mr Daddow is encouraging others to join his wife and up to 20 others as they attempt to raise $100,000.

“I actually got Keith into hiking in the first place, so it was a pity that I wasn’t able to go last time, but somebody had to look after the kids,” Mrs Whittington said.

Just five of the 20 places in the 2016 Kilimanjaro Challenge have been filled and Mr Daddow is encouraging people to get involved.

“The people who take part are just a cut above, really selfless, and it’s a fantastic experience,” he said.

Men and women aged over 18, with the means to pay for the trip and able to be away from home for at least 12 days in November next year can visit for details.