League 13 Supports Men United

League 13 Supports Men United

January 25 Jan 2014

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League 13 is delighted to announce their active support for Prostate Cancer UK and have signed up to the ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’ campaign.

Chief Executive, Ernie Benbow said; ‘All our members will do whatever they can to add their weight to the new movement to beat the devastating ‘dad’s disease’. We willdo whatever we can to raise awareness, promote the campaign and beat this killer disease. I have just lost my father in law to cancer so I know how devastating cancer is and we must all work together to beat it. We will do our utmost and will be bold in our support to ‘Men United’ to ensure we help spread the word and bring about positive change to attitude and funding.’


St Helens and England international and Chairman of League 13 Jon Wilkinsaid; ‘I know that each year almost as many men are diagnosed with prostate cancer as women are diagnosed with breast cancer. I understand that research into prostate cancer is badly underfunded and the availability of treatment can vary across the UK.We will do everything we can in every way we can to raise awareness and win this battle. I call on all our members and all the rugby league community to get fullybehind the campaign.

Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, Owen Sharp, said: ‘It’s fitting that in a week when our Men United v Prostate Cancer campaign kicked off, that League 13, the Super League Players’ Association, has brought rugby league into the fold. Over the past season, Prostate Cancer UK has been front and centre across football thanks to our partnerships with The Football League and Millwall, and its wonderful news that our message will be spread across the sporting spectrum.


‘The power of sport – and in this case rugby league – can help us continue to make a difference. And having household names from the game getting behind our fight to make progress against this deadly disease will resonate with supporters who idolise them.


‘More than 66,000 watched last season’s Super League Grand Final but its startling that more than more than three-and-a-half times that figure are affected by prostate cancer in the UK. With the help of League 13 and its members we want to unite and fight back.’

Ernie Benbow confirmed that League 13 members will be asking all members to;

sign up for Men United atwww.prostatecanceruk.org/menunited

tweet their support for the campaign

pledge their allegiance by proudly wearing the charity’s iconic ‘Man of Men’ pin badge

encourage them to provide supporting comments during any interviews

talk about the campaign with team mates, family, and friends together with encouraging as many men as possible to sign up to Men United.