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Hey Ho Lets Go: That’s the chant that went up as 40 Fun Walkers and Marathon Runners clad in Ramones T-Shirts took to the streets of Omagh last Saturday having raised over £3,764 in aid of local charity, ‘Care for Cancer’. 

The hardy souls were unfazed by the lingering cold spell but in good heart and spirit as they remembered their friend, father, brother and local musician, Doe (Derek T) Lynn. Doe died earlier in the year from complications arising from Prostate Cancer aged just 49.

‘Dad would have been so proud if he could see all the people gathered here today in his memory’ 
Said Maude Lynn, Doe’s eldest daughter,
‘though he was a private man he was intensely committed to supporting work carried out by volunteers within his local area’. 
Maude’s sister Caron added, 
‘Dad was a strong advocate for the work being undertaken by Care for Cancer and was thankful for the support they provided to him and our family during his illness. Dad would be so proud of the support being given by his friends in raising money in his memory that will be used to support others during their time of need’.

Prostate Cancer kills one man every hour in the UK, and more than 100 men are diagnosed every day, 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Derek’s sister Marion said, 
‘What we are doing here today is about raising the profile and awareness about Prostate Cancer. If, in remembering Derek, and in raising money for local support services, we have managed to encourage more men to become aware of the dangers of Prostate Cancer and to speak out to support other men we will have had an impact’.

Though it’s not known how to prevent prostate cancer there are some things that you can do to minimise the risk. Eating healthily and being physically active are important factors in minimising risk, and also improve feelings of general wellbeing as well as helping to reduce your risk of other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. 
‘What better place to spread that message than at the Omagh Half Marathon’. 
Said Maude and Caron. 
‘We are here today because of the very person our father was, a loving and compassionate man. He meant so much to us and to his friends and we are thankful to them for all their efforts in raising much needed funding for Care for Cancer.’

And from everyone here at Care for Cancer we want to say thank you to the Lynn family and all their friends for raising that outstanding amount.


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