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Talking can make a difference, says Sharyn.

JOE'S decision to share his story was praised by a fellow cancer survivor.

Sharyn Clarkson has twice beaten breast cancer.

And this month she's organising the second Relay For Life, where cancer survivors and fundraisers team up at Redcar Rugby Club for a 24-hour running, jogging and walking marathon.

Sharyn, 55, of Redcar, said of Joe: "He's very brave. Men are very slow in going to the doctors.

"The fact Joe is prepared to give his story on such a personal matter is tremendous.

"It's also good for his own mental well-being that he's prepared to talk about it.

"One of the survivors on last year's Relay For Life had never spoken to her family about having her breast off. But she found doing the relay very cathartic. From then on, she and her family could talk openly about it.

"People who are prepared to talk about it, especially men with that kind of cancer, are tremendous. And if it makes just one man to go the doctor, Joe has done something he can be very proud of."

Cancer Research UK's Relay For Life begins at noon on June 21. It starts with a lap for cancer survivors - 43 survivors have so far signed up - followed by a 24-hour relay of teams of 10.

To register for the survivors' lap, or for details on taking part in the relay, call Sharyn on 01642 487230.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 10, 2008
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