It was all smiles Monday as Waxahachie Police detective James Taylor presented members of the Testicular Cancer Foundation with a check of $8,007.78, which was raised through the department’s annual sale of T-shirts and hats. The foundation educates people about testicular cancer and works to support men who are battling the disease.
Taylor, who serves as fundraising coordinator, said he’s appreciative of the continued support the community has given the program.
“I can’t say enough about the community and the department because they always come together to support us in what we are doing,” Taylor said. “Every year I do this I have to have tons of help. So, I want to say thank you to everyone involved.”
Taylor expressed his thanks to the five sponsors that joined with him on the fundraiser: Texas Auto Tint, Hachie Nutrition, 5.0 Seamless Gutters, Guild Mortgage, and Knight Rides.
The Testicular Cancer Foundation’s website notes that this form of cancer is on the rise and can affect males from infancy to the elderly. It is estimated 9,610 men were diagnosed in 2020, with the highest rate of diagnoses being males between the ages of 15 and 44.
While raising funds is important, educating men about the disease and the importance of self-examinations is equally as important, said Taylor, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 30 in 2008. He underwent several surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, and multiple stays at the hospital. He has been cancer-free for more than 12 years.
Connor O’Leary, TCF chief mission officer, expressed his appreciation for the generous contribution, which will make a difference in the lives of many men.
“James Taylor has spearheaded another successful campaign both in raising funds and raising awareness,” O’Leary said. “To see you guys do that in your community through the T-shirts and just spreading the word is amazing. I want to say thank you so much for the support.”
Matt Ferstler, TCF founder and board chairman, said, “It has been incredible to see how many men TCF has been able to help over the past couple of years. The Testicular Cancer Foundation has been able to connect with these individuals online to share information about this disease or just be someone to talk with as they battle cancer, which has helped to encourage them.”