A Roxburgh man’s brush with prostate cancer has prompted him to establish a support network for others affected by the disease.
David Clarke, who is recovering from the condition, is now on a mission to form a prostate cancer support group to provide help for men who either have it or had it in the past. It also aims to support their friends and family.
He said he was aware of eight to 10 men in the area who had been affected by prostate cancer.
Mr Clarke will host a meeting at the Trundles on Teviot restaurant on Tuesday at 7pm to discuss his plans for the group and is encouraging anyone affected or interested to come along.
‘‘A problem shared is a problem halved.’’
He said the group would provide opportunities to talk about concerns and find ways of solving problems.
‘‘I also talked to the Prostate Cancer Foundation New Zealand and they said ‘go for it’.
‘‘I am not aware of any support group in Alexandra.’’
Mr Clarke said when he was ill, he was surprised by how many people told him they had been affected by it.
★ To find out more call Mr Clarke on 027 877-8070.