Thirsty Hits the Dirt for Charity

Words: Karl Tessendorf

In 1996 Torsten Koehler was diagnosed with testicular cancer. At the time he was in his early 30s and teaching sex education to young teenagers. After his diagnosis, he was shocked to find out how rarely spoken about testicular cancer was. There seemed to be a stigma attached to it, which leads to it remaining undetected in males aged 15-38. Torsten was determined to break the cycle and so began an emotional journey of survival. It eventually led to him beating cancer and starting the Love Your Nuts foundation.

Since then the foundation has grown from strength to strength with Torsten relentlessly leading the charge through education, and charity drives like the Nuts & Bolts rally.

This year we’ll be hitting the dirt in our vintage Land Rover, Thirsty, to take on one thousand kilometres of hard roads over four days. We’re very proud to announce that Cape Brewing Company have generously sponsored Thirsty and made a donation to the foundation. We’d also like to thank  Roverland for getting Thirsty in shape, and TJ’s Lekker Braai for supplying wood and charcoal for the road. The rally sets out this Saturday with over fifty vintage cars in convoy.

We hope that you’ll follow our journey on Twitter, Instagram and the Cape Brewing Company #LovetheJourney app (download on Google or Apple) and follow the user: Braai Bliksem. You can also look forward to a full report of the experience when we get back! Once again thanks to Cape Brewing Company for taking this journey with us and making a difference in the fight against testicular cancer.

Need to know facts about testicular cancer

  • A man’s lifetime risk of developing testicular cancer is approximately 1 in 250
  • It usually affects young men (age 15 – 39) in their prime of youth
  • Testicular cancer has the highest cure rates among all cancers (>90%)
  • Most commonly there are two types of testicular cancers–seminomas, or slow growing cancer and non-seminomas, or fast growing cancer
  • Prominent symptoms include pain/swelling/lumps in testicles/groin areas
  • Prominent risk factors include undescended testis (cryptorchidism), family history, mumps and inguinal hernia
  • Surgical removal of a testicle will not affect fertility. Chemotherapy, on the other hand, can harm sperm count/quality. Sperm banking may then be considered.

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