against cancer - top DJs help fight testicular cancer
September 4, 2000
In a unique partnership between the clubbing world and charity, DJs
Carl Cox and Rocky have joined forces to support everyman - a national
campaign to raise awareness of and funding for male cancers, run by The
Institute of Cancer Research.
It's the first time that clubbing has been connected with charity on
such a large scale and the first time that such big name DJs have got
involved. It's a subject close to their hearts. Carl Cox was a big fan
of Michael Bentine - the comedian best known for the Goons - who died
of prostate cancer, and Rocky speaks from personal experience - he got
testicular cancer last year and is keen to raise more money for additional
research into the disease.
Carl Cox said:
'I wanted to do something for the campaign. At the moment it seems like
people don't care about male cancers. You know, 'it ain't gonna happen
to me', that sort of thing. The fact is, it could happen to you and you
need to catch it early, particularly with testicular cancer. We can't
let it be a taboo subject any longer.'
The launch event will take place at Fabric on September 13th with Carl
Cox heading up a cast which reads like a Who's Who of Dance - Darren Emerson
(ex-Underworld), Josh Wink, Paul Daley (Leftfield), James Lavelle and
Ashley Beedle. All details will be confirmed nearer the time with lots
of surprises guaranteed.
And Fabric are doing their bit too. All proceeds from door sales go
straight to the charity.
Nikki Smith, spokesperson for Fabric said:
'Personally speaking, I don't have any bollocks but I am close to some
of the leading lads in dance music. When one of them ended up with testicular
cancer, it turned my life upside down and my attitudes around. It's a
truly terrible thing but one that can be almost totally eliminated just
by raising public awareness.'
The everyman campaign was set up by The Institute of Cancer Research
in 1997 to raise awareness of and funding for male cancers - which are
massively neglected and under-funded.
The campaign has gone from strength to strength. Robbie Williams appeared
in his first ever television commercial last June on behalf of everyman.
Last year also saw the launch of the everyman perkin - our symbol
based on a design of the 'xy' chromosome unique to men. It will be on
sale in the clubs holding everyman events and can be spotted now
on the lapel of various DJ's and music bods!
John Heyd, Marketing Manager for The Institute of Cancer Research, said,
"The clubbing scene is perfect for our campaign. Young men aged 20 - 35
are most at risk from testicular cancer and, if we can make them more
aware by campaigning through the clubs, then we can help to save lives."
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For more information, please contact The Institute of Cancer Research
press office on:-
Tel: 0207 970 6030
Notes to Editors
- For more information, please contact Erica Boardman on 0207 970 6028.
- Carl Cox and DJ Rocky are available for interview.
- A special everyman photograph of Carl and Rocky is available
- Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in young men aged
20 Ð 35. The incidence has doubled in the last 20 years but doctors
are baffled as to why this is. If it is caught early enough, it can
be cured in up to 96 per cent of cases.