Keith Daddow (46) was guest speaker at the official launch � by Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard at Joondalup Library � of the Cancer Council fundraiser at Arena Joondalup on October 18 and 19.
The father of three, who has a background in real estate and investment, was shocked four years ago to find that a �bit of a pain in the leg� was caused by cancer.
�After tests and a biopsy he said I had prostate cancer. I thought I was too young to get prostate cancer, but I wasn�t.�
While undergoing treatment, he picked up a magazine in the doctor�s waiting room and saw an article about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
From that moment, he was on a mission � to beat cancer, to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. He did all three.
�In 2014, 22 of us, including other cancer survivors, climbed the 5895-metre high Mount Kilimanjaro, supported by 80 wonderful staff.� he said.
Although Mr Daddow paid his own way, he was able to attract business sponsorship, boosted by more than 100 smaller donations from well-wishers, and in the process raised more than $26,000 for the foundation.
Mr Pickard said the relay would be the eighth annual relay in Joondalup.
�More than $2.3 million has been raised by teams taking part in the previous relays,� he said.
�The relays for life are also about remembering loved ones lost to cancer and supporting those fighting it.�
For those interested in registering or forming a team to take part in the October Relay for Life to help in the fight against cancer, call 0497 384 486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org