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JOSEPH BARNES ASSOCIATION FOR
TESTICULAR CANCER AWARENESS

Having a Ball is a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness and educating the general public about the most common form of cancer in men aged between 15 and 44. We also aim to provide valuable life-saving support to patients and survivors.

 

Having a Ball strives to promote early detection through monthly self-examinations, while combating the stigma and taboo associated with testicular cancer. Our mission is to inform the public about testicular cancer, available treatments and social support.

In June 2021 Joseph Barnes was diagnosed with metastatic testicular cancer at the age of 40. At first we were hopeful he could beat the disease, as even after it has metastasised, testicular cancer reacts well to treatment and has a high recovery rate. 

Tragically, in spite of his brave fight through 16 months of chemotherapy, numerous surgical procedures, an autologous stem cell transplant, a induced coma and over 100 days in hospital, Joey passed away on October 13, 2022. 

Within months of his tragic death, we founded the non-profit “Having a Ball, the Joseph Barnes Testicular Cancer Awareness Association” in order to educate others about the importance of self-examination and early detection of this little known form of cancer, and thereby help to save lives.

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