Survivor on a high

Keith Daddow with Relay for Life committee members Bernice Marwick and Carol Curtis.
Keith Daddow with Relay for Life committee members Bernice Marwick and Carol Curtis.

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 relayteamsjoondalupwanneroo@gmail.com