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article imageMan pushes giant ball across U.S. for testicular cancer awareness

By Karen Graham     Oct 7, 2014 in Health
Testicular cancer usually affects young men between the ages of 15 and 39. It is a highly treatable cancer, and one Santa Monica, Calif. man, a testicular cancer survivor, is pushing a giant ball across the U.S. to raise awareness for men's health.
Thomas Cantley, 39 of Santa Monica, California is a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer in 2009, Cantley says "I had abdominal and lower back pains. You wouldn’t have thought it was testicular cancer.” He considered himself fortunate, and wanted to raise awareness of men's health.
Cantley quit his job and sold his house. On Sept. 4, he hit the road, heading for New York. Along with his dog, Vader, Cantley is pushing a six-foot diameter inflatable testicle he calls "Lefty," a prop that draws attention to his message. “I thought why not roll a giant testicle across the country and maybe that will get some attention,” he said.
From Santa Monica to New York  Thomas Cantley is on a mission to raise awareness of men s health.
From Santa Monica to New York, Thomas Cantley is on a mission to raise awareness of men's health.
Thomas Cantley
Mr. Ballsy, as Cantley is called, wants to educate and engage other men in the importance of learning how to do a self-examination, just like women have learned to do breast self-examinations. He wants to engage the public in open conversation, believing if men hear his message, they could also be fortunate like he was.
Describing his prop, Cantley says,"This is a traveling cancer ball. This is a journey and we are all doing this together. Cancer is about being brave and these guys need to be brave about their health. They need to be ballsy."
As Mr. Ballys's website says, his entire campaign is funded through the generosity of the American public. When Cantley was in New Orleans on Oct. 3, he raised $2,000 for the Testicular Cancer Foundation. By the time he reaches New York, he hopes to have raised $15,000.
According to BallPush.org, Cantley has received over 122 donated meals, and been given 26 donated accommodations. Cantley said. “I want to prove you don't need billions of dollars or the promise of a cure to make a difference in the fight against cancer. I also want to prove community is built on compassion and kindness."
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