Dexter Dynamou, an eight-year-old boy, will do an eight-hour penalty shoot-out to raise money for the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre that is treating his father, who has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
On Sunday, October 12, Dynamou will shoot penalties continuously from 10am to 6pm at an indoor sport center, which has donated the space free of charge for the challenge. On a JustGiving page he set up to raise money for the event, he wrote, “Me and my dad are big football fans and that’s what we love. We also love Arsenal, even though we can’t play football together at the moment. And I thought the best thing to raise money is to show him and other people my football skills.”
Dexter originally set up the fundraising page up to raise £20 in sponsorship, but he has already exceeded his goal by raising £6,810, which he will donate to the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, a specialist non-surgical treatment center for people with cancer that serves the southwest of England. The Center treats around 5,000 new patients each year.
Dexter appeared on Good Morning Britain, where he was given an Arsenal shirt to do the shootout in, as well as, a ball signed by Arsenal legends, including David Seaman, Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires.
There are an estimated 2,400 new cases of testicular cancer every year in the UK. It has one of the lowest mortality rates of all cancers, with 98% of men diagnosed surviving for at least ten years. It is also the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35. Testicular cancer is highly treatable, even when the cancer has extended beyond the testicle.
Treatment depends on the type and stage of testicular cancer. Patients may receive one of several treatments or a combination. Signs and symptoms of testicular cancer include a lump or enlargement in either testicle, a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, a dull ache in the abdomen or groin or a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum, among others.
Risk factors of testicular cancer include an undescended testicle, abnormal testicle development, family history, and age since testicular cancer primarily affects teens and younger men, particularly those between ages 15 and 35, though it can occur at any age. Doctors recommend regular testicle self-examinations to identify testicular cancer at its earliest stage.
Donations can be made on Dexter’s JustGiving page here.