Testicular Cancer Summit Guest Speaker - Thomas Cantley (Mr.Ballsy)

After being diagnosed with stage 3 Testicular Cancer that spread to my lymph nodes (because I put off going to the doctor), I got inspired.  Two years ago, I created a campaign that received worldwide attention - I pushed a giant inflatable testicle across 2 countries and over 8,000 miles to raise awareness for this cancer. Yes, you heard that right, a giant NUT!

Mr.Ballsy in New Mexico, September 2014 via Facebook.

I wanted men to be ballsy by talking about their health and to stop ignoring it because they're too proud/shy/embarrassed (you fill in the blanks). And I definitely got people talking! This amazing journey has made me recognized globally and quoted as one of the most outspoken voices in Testicular Cancer awareness in the world. I have gained hundreds of hours of media coverage for this worthy cause. But best of all, I met amazing people who I inspired to be ballsy about their health and who also inspired me.

Look out for my film documenting this amazing experience this year!  My mission is to inspire them to live well physically and mentally. Often times, after men seek physical treatment for their issues, they ignore their mental health. 50% of what I do is talk to men about mentally preparing for a diagnosis and helping them wrap their heads around recovery from a diagnosis. Mindset is key - healthy mind equals healthy body.

I have an awareness COMIC coming out this November, and a Documentary in 2018. I am so glad to be a part of a great summit like this because it brings together people from all over the world that share one thing - cancer. It's a great way to connect , educate and learn. The TC community is a family and a bond like no other, I have built relationships with a lot of people attending and speaking that I've known for years and am so excited to finally meet. That is why events like these are important. 

Thomas Cantley