1 in 8 men living in the UK will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. That rate increases to 1 in 4 if you happen to be black.
Those startling statistics is one of the reasons PokerStars has teamed up with Prostate Cancer UK to launch ‘Lads Night In,’ a series of local home games with all the proceeds going towards this amazing charity.
On Friday 25 Sep 2015, the world’s largest online poker room is hoping to turn every UK household into a manfest of poker and partying designed to parlay plenty of pennies towards prostate cancer.
To make sure you have a full house, and to do your part in raising awareness for prostate cancer, head to the PokerStars website and register to participate in the event. All those that take part will be given an instruction pack and a series of free gifts including a PokerStars branded deck of cards.
Team PokerStars Pro, Jake Cody, is fronting the campaign, and Rochdale’s finest is joining in the fun with a VIP home game of his own. PokerStars punters can get in on the action by simply tweeting who they believe their dream poker opponent(s) are, using the hashtag #JCLadsNightIn. If you don’t have a Twitter account then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help pique your thinking brain, the Triple Crown winner has posted his dream six-max line up on the PokerStars blog. As a lifelong Manchester United fan he chose David Beckham, the wrestling geek inside of him chose Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, his favorite poker player Phil Hellmuth also got a seat, UK legend John Duthie got a seat, and the beautiful Adriana Lima also got the Cody vote.
The winner will be able to take four friends to the Cody home game with all expenses taken care of.
The hook up between PokerStars and Prostate Cancer UK is part of a wider awareness campaign known as Men United, a movement designed to get friends together to achieve wonderful things in order to raise awareness of this deadly disease.
Former Welsh Olympic silver medalist Colin Jackson recently launched a series of Go Dad Run events in aid of the campaign, and Angus McCafferty ran the Marathon des Sables: a 156 mile race that takes place in heat ranging upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. McCafferty raised £30,000 for Prostate Cancer UK and dedicated the run to his father-in-law John Bassett, who sadly died of prostate cancer at the age of 80.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer amongst men in the UK, and men aged over 50-years are the most vulnerable.