Brain cancer survivor joins Call To Arms

Wednesday 1 July, 2009

Cancer Council Call To Arms supporter James Logan was only 31 when he discovered he had a malignant brain tumour.

A passionate member of the Warrandyte Football Club, James' thoughts immediately turned to the impact his diagnosis would have on his sport.

"One of my first questions was ‘can I still play footy?'," Mr Logan said.

While Mr Logan is still waiting for the doctor's all clear to get back onto the footy field, he remains heavily involved with his football club, and has helped lead the club's Call To Arms fundraising activities to fight cancer in men.

"Everyone's very supportive - we all know someone who has been touched by cancer, and more recently that has been closer to home," Mr Logan said.

"In football clubs, it's predominantly male, so you really see the effects that cancer can have on men," he said.

Money raised through Call To Arms will help the one in two men diagnosed with cancer by age 85 - men just like Mr Logan. The funds will support life-saving cancer research, prevention programs to help men reduce their cancer risk, and support services for men in times of great need.

While Mr Logan and the Warrandyte Football Club have participated in Call To Arms since it first began in 2007, this year they have been particularly successful, and have currently raised more money for Call To Arms than any other club in the state.

"We've probably raised almost $6000 in total - every year the amount raised seems to get higher and the support gets stronger," Mr Logan said. In addition to both men's and women's Call To Arms matches, Warrandyte Football Club have used head shaves, donation boxes, gate takings and donations from local businesses to raise funds.

Mr Logan said he looked forward to seeing the money raised helping others who are in a similar situation to him.

"I hope it all goes to research, cures, early detection - I hope it makes an effective difference," he said.

Call To Arms is the Cancer Council's most important event to raise funds to fight cancer in men, and is open to both professional and amateur sporting clubs of all codes.

Professional sporting clubs taking part in Call To Arms this year include the Essendon Football Club, Adelaide Crows, West Tigers, Adelaide United Football Club, Melbourne Victory and Socceroos star, Tim Cahill.

To participate, clubs simply wear a yellow armband during a sports match in July, and raise funds to fight cancer in men.

"Get behind it," Mr Logan said.

"There's such big rewards for something that requires so little effort. There's such camaraderie in getting behind such a great cause," he said.

To register for your free Call To Arms kit, visit www.calltoarms.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.