Love Your Nuts Foundation Trust
Our purpose in a Nutshell
The goal of Love Your Nuts is to raise awareness of (testicular) cancer by educating communities about the rarely spoken about cancer that often remains undetected in young adults due to our diverse society in South Africa, where cultural taboos, stigmas and a lack of knowledge about the subject is widespread.
The Problem in a Nutshell
We believe that no men would die of testicular cancer if they knew about this young man’s cancer and were aware of how to prevent it.
Boys/men die for the following 2 reasons:
- During puberty the body changes. Boys feel these lumps but think it is part of growing up. They think it will go away again. If they knew that it could be cancer their lives could have been saved!
- Men feel the lumps but find it too embarrassing to go to the doctor. If they knew that it could be cancer their lives could have been saved.
If we can bring awareness to all boys/men in an early stage in their lives they will be saved. Knowledge and early detection are the best weapon against cancer!
The Impact in a Nutshell
The aim is to change young people’s behaviour through education and awareness that it becomes a habit for them to look after their health starting at school level already.
This can lead to becoming more health conscious and adapting a healthy lifestyle in general – which often lacks because of cultural taboos, stigmas and knowledge.
Our pillars in a Nutshell
We give educational and motivational talks at schools, corporates, sport clubs and events. This includes our Cancer Smart School programme (App is in a developing stage and needs funding) which is freely available to schools.
We focus on running and cycling events to raise awareness. We encourage men to participate in #loveyournuts merchandise and run or cycle in a speedo. This draws attention and photos are often shared on social media. Awareness saves lives!
We support men diagnosed with testicular cancer emotionally. It is often easier to share thoughts and fears with a survivor than with a family member or friend. Building a network of survivors to support patients nationwide/worldwide is in a developing stage.
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Family and friends have been affected by testicular and prostrate cancer so this organisation serves a very important role for all men, not only now in November.