Barry Kilby is putting Lancashire rivalries to one side to support another of his life-saving prostate cancer blood-testing events this month.
The Burnley Vice Chairman, along with the East Lancashire Prostate Cancer Group, have been the brains behind three hugely successful events at Turf Moor, when over 1,000 men were screened for one of the most common forms of male cancer, affecting one in eight men.
Now, word has spread and Preston North End are to host their first session, on Saturday, November 12 between 10am-1pm.
Mr Kilby, who is receiving treatment for, and living with, advanced prostate cancer and set up the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal at www.facebook.com/BKPCA/ to help fellow sufferers, said: “It’s been wonderful to see so many men come forward and football truly is the catalyst for this.
“The testing sessions here at Burnley have been an absolute success, with around 10% of those tested referred to their doctors for further investigation.
“Preston have watched what has happened at Burnley and the results of detection of the disease and we are delighted they are now offering something that will save lives.”
The event in the Invincibles Lounge at North End’s Deepdale Stadium, organised by the district’s ‘Walnut Group’, is again being subsidised by the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal and will cost just £5, with all donations going entirely to cover laboratory fees.
The test, recommended for men over the age of 50, or over 45 if there is a history of cancer in the family, takes around 30 seconds, with results being sent out between 7 and 10 days.