As a survivor, carer and loved one,
Steve Kelsall's life has been deeply affected by cancer.
The 45-year-old was diagnosed with
sarcoma in June last year - just 16 months after losing his wife Anne to
"Caring for Anne during her six-year
cancer journey, and then being diagnosed myself, I know how devastating cancer
can be," Steve says. "There aren't many of us in the community who aren't
affected now, and it's uplifting to see strangers band together to fight this
Steve will watch such a stand of
strength from his living room on Friday night before the annual Call To Arms AFL
match, which aims to raise funds and awareness for cancer in men.
Before Essendon Football Club takes
on the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium, patrons will unite against cancer with a
sea of yellow.
Fans will be invited to write the
name of someone they know who has been affected by cancer on a yellow A4 card
provided. The crowd will be prompted to stand as one and hold up their cards as
a sign of respect and solidarity.
"I expect the Call To Arms
activation on Friday night to be emotional, but also empowering," Steve says.
"I have a 14-year-old daughter,
Gemma, and I want her future to be cancer-free and bright."
Many football fans like Steve will
be unable to join the Call To Arms by attending the match but there is still a
way to be involved.
Those who can't attend on Friday
night are encouraged to show their support by donating via the Shout App and
sharing their donation on Twitter or Facebook.
Cancer Council Victoria
spokesperson and ex-Hawthorn Football Club player Brett O'Farrell says he hopes
those watching the game from their living room will answer the Call to Arms by
"One in two Australian men will be
diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Anyone can take part in the match on
Friday night by Shouting a $10 Daffodil for their father, brother, partner - or
even a perfect stranger!
"Imagine the difference we could
make if everyone watching the game at home Shouted just $10 to help fund
prevention, research and support programs for men with cancer."
People who make a donation on the
night are encouraged to personalise their message of support to someone they
know who has been personally touched by the disease and to share it on social
People can donate to Cancer Council Victoria by
downloading the Shout App free from the App Store
or Google play