A Bundaberg group dedicated to raising awareness about prostate cancer and support has celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Bundaberg and District Prostate Cancer Support Group was founded in 2000 by Bill Jenkins to help men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Now two decades later, Bill along with the second convener Trevor Tuesley and third and current convener Rob McCulloch, celebrated the strength of the support group with fellow members.
Rob said he was diagnosed with prostate cancer 13 years ago, and it was a shock to both him and wife Alma.
“When I was diagnosed and I had my operation I knew nothing about prostate cancer,” Rob said.
“It came out of the blue for me, and I was shocked.
“But once Alma and I found the group, full of support and information, we realised there was so much to learn.”
Rob said the Bundaberg and District Prostate Cancer Support Group travelled the journey through cancer with its members.
“You can’t talk the talk unless you have walked the walk,” Rob said.
“Our members have been through it, and we are here to support one another.
“We currently have 68 members, including wives and partners who are the backbone and keep us men going.”
Mayor thanks prostate cancer support group
Mayor Jack Dempsey congratulated the members of Bundaberg and District Prostate Cancer Support Group for their 20 years of dedication to helping others in the community.
“It was great to have the opportunity to say thank you to the Prostate Cancer Support Group on their valuable support they give men and their families after diagnosis,” he said.
“The group have touched the lives and health of many people in the region, and they do a wonderful job supporting each other.”
Meetings are held in the Family Centre at the Bundaberg Showgrounds on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Rob said the average attendance at each meeting was 50-60 and the group was dedicated to promoting awareness of prostate cancer and the need for early diagnosis.
For more information about Bundaberg and District Prostate Cancer Support Group click here.
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