Tim O’Brien is a Collingwood fan, Year 12 student, country footballer and now a Peter Mac patient.

The 18-year-old lives on a farm near Warrnambool and plays off a wing or half-back for the North Warrnambool Eagles.

But he’s sitting out the season this year because earlier this year, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

He first noticed pain in his groin during the 2015 football season, putting it down to game-related soreness.  An off-season check-up followed when the pain did not go away.

“I thought it was a football injury. I went and had an MRI scan and they found a lump there,” Tim says. “I kept playing on it, I probably could have found it earlier, but kept playing on it.”

Tim is now in the midst of a 12-week phase of chemotherapy before undergoing surgery to remove the cancer at Melbourne’s Peter Mac.

He’s got a clear message for all Australian men: Be alert to any pain in your groin or changes in your testicles and don’t delay on seeking a doctor’s opinion.

“Get straight up on it, if you can,” he says. 

With the support of Peter Mac’s Youth Cancer Service, Tim has the opportunity to meet his Collingwood heroes Nathan Brown and Jarryd Blair this week; go to the Peter Mac Cup Breakfast; and watch his team battle the Blues on Saturday as they seek to square the ledger in the League’s longest running charity match – the Peter Mac Cup.

Peter Mac’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Speakman says: “We simply couldn’t provide the same level of care without our community. Thank you to the Pies and the Blues and all Victorians for your support for Peter Mac.”

 

Testicular cancer in Australia

Almost 800 Australian men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2016, and around five men will die annually from the disease. Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting men between the ages of 15 and 35 years old but it 

can occur at any age. It is almost always curable if it is found early.

Your donations make a difference. Please donate today to Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation: petermac.org/OneTeam. Or by calling 1800 111 440.