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“My Story Is No Different To So Many Other Men, But Nonetheless It’s A Real One.”

Ian Booth

Ian Booth was diagnosed with Early Prostate Cancer in 2021 at the age of 57. Ian will now be completing a fantastic challenge to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cymru.

“Having had absolutely no related symptoms, I received a prostate and PSA check from my doctor on the 9th September 2021.  The twelve months which followed, I would never have imagined.” 

“To my great surprise after a succession of tests, I learned that I had prostate cancer.  My father once told me when I was young, “Ian, it’s not always what you know, it’s who you know.”  Never was my father more correct.  I consider myself extremely lucky to have benefited from some great support from family and friends, some of whom are with me on this event.  Also and crucially from those in the NHS and in particular from Prostate Cymru.  I’m one of the lucky ones.  In getting diagnosed with “Early Prostate Cancer,” I have subsequently had my prostate removed. This was done by radical prostatectomy, to the layman, robot assisted keyhole surgery.  Both the equipment and the training of the surgeons for this is afforded through the endeavors of Prostate Cymru, so my thanks to the charity are oh so clear.”

After his surgery Ian decided he was going to take on a new challenge in 2022 in order to fundraise for the charity.

“Whilst all of this was going on, I was preparing to become the Captain of Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club in its Centenary year.  Having been at the club for almost fifty years, this is something I’m extremely proud of.  As Captain, I needed a Captain’s Charity for the year, well that was the easiest decision I will have to make in twelve months.  Focusing on the charity, raising money and more importantly, awareness of the illness has given me a purpose, which I know helped through the darker moments of the last twelve months.  Having become Captain on the 7th April and undergoing surgery on the 14th April, it wasn’t ideal, but that was the hand I was dealt.  I’m proud to say that I am now in remission and therefore, now is the time to focus wholeheartedly on the charity and give back something to what I owe so much.”

“Wanting to do something personally, I hatched a plan for the “Cross Country Golf Half Marathon” with my great friend Peter Evans, the Club Professional at Royal Porthcawl.  Eight of us, four from both clubs, will start play at 9am on the 9th of September on the first hole at Pyle and Kenfig.  That will be twelve months to the hour, from when I had the initial meeting with my doctor, so no better way to round off the year than this, on that day.”

“We will play twelve holes at Pyle and Kenfig, then play cross country between the two courses (never been done before) and from our 13th tee, play to the 4th green at Royal Porthcawl.  We will then continue around The Royal Porthcawl, to the eighteenth hole.  Then we will play the first three holes, before going back across country from the 4th tee to the 13th green at Pyle and Kenfig.  We will then play the final five holes, before finishing in the club at about 5:30pm, we think.”

“Our team will be Peter Evans, Nick Jones, Mike Hnyda, Rhys Davies from The Royal Porthcawl. Gareth Wilcox, Matthew Peet, Gary Munro and myself from Pyle and Kenfig.”

“Each of us has a reason for being involved and we hope everyone can get behind us, to help raise as much money and awareness as we can for Prostate Cymru.”

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