The MANDATE Road Trip 2018 saw The PA Research Foundation's Luke Cridland hit the road and visit 88 Spirit Hotels across Queensland to spread awareness and raise crucial funds for prostate cancer research.
Luke's adventure saw him travel to Spirit venues across Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg and all in between in the fight against prostate cancer.
The MANDATE campaign inspired thousands of Queensland men to engage with the cause, visiting local Spirit Hotels to enjoy a steak, and open up a dialogue about men's health that could save a life. PA Foundation CEO, Damian Topp says men are less inclined than women to take an active role in maintaining their health, which is why initiatives like this are so important to raise awareness.
Spirit Hotels continue to champion this cause annually, raising a remarkable $238,307 this year for MANDATE, an increase of over $50,000 from their 2017 fundraising efforts. These funds will go directly towards supporting prostate cancer research, an area which the PA foundation proudly supports.
Spirit Hotels General Manager Peter Sheehan says that they remain committed to supporting the MANDATE men's health initiative and look forward continuing to build on their fundraising efforts next year. "Prostate cancer affects so many Australian families, many of whom are part of our Hotels' communities, which is why we have joined the fight against this horrible disease."
Money raised through the Spirit Hotels' 2018 campaign will go directly towards funding prostate cancer research projects that are focused on improving patient outcomes through improved diagnostics and treatment options. One such project aims to test a novel drug, CBL0137, for a particularly aggressive and therapy resistant form of prostate cancer known as Neuroendocrine prostate cancer. The outcomes from this project are likely to identify a new therapy (the drug CBL0137) that can inhibit the growth of NEPC and provide the first effective targeted therapy for this disease subtype.
MANDATE will continue the fight against prostate cancer in 2019 by raising funds and awareness, to hopefully one day put a stop to prostate cancer – the second biggest cause of cancer-related deaths in Aussie men. To learn how you can get involved with Mandate or to donate, please click here.