Nothing prepared Linda and Mark Brandt for the impact cancer has had on their lives – Mark’s prostate cancer diagnosis rocked the world of these childhood sweethearts. Despite the hardships they faced following the diagnosis, Mark and Linda took it upon themselves to take an active role in spreading awareness about the illness, including becoming valuable ambassadors in spreading the good word about the It Takes Ballz charity campaign. At current count Linda has sold nearly 500 Charity Protein Balls! Linda explains how it all unfolded.
“After Mark’s diagnosis, we became quite active in the community, taking on an awareness role alongside Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. When we visited their offices, that’s when I found out about the Youfoodz It Take Ballz charity campaign.
“When I came home, my daughter-in-law helped me order some balls online and I promoted them on my Facebook page. Before I knew it, so many of my friends were interested in grabbing boxes of balls. It was a fantastic response, and since the campaign started, I’ve on-sold 24 20-pack boxes of Charity Protein Balls!
“I take them to the local gyms, my hairdresser, and the fire station where my husband works. Our balls have gotten around! Teacher friends of mine take them to work with flyers about prostate cancer too.
“We’re very passionate about promoting why the balls are being sold, and the impact that prostate cancer has on men, so it’s giving us a great platform to raise awareness when people buy a ball. Of course, it’s a bit of a catchy slogan too with the cheeky pun!
“My hairdresser has a 99-year-old client who she gives the protein balls to as a treat, and she loves them too!
“The It Takes Ballz charity campaign doesn’t just mean I’m contributing to my husband’s health, but other men’s health as well.
“For us, it’s bringing about awareness that people don’t necessarily have about men’s cancer, as men don’t always talk much about it. I think it’s a good campaign in that it hits men at places like the gym, and the cheekiness of ‘grabbing your balls’ instantly holds your attention, without being offensive.
“Plus, a good proportion of the sale of the balls is going to charity, and it gives us the opportunity to pass on brochures about men’s prostate health, encouraging males to get their health checked.
“Research is the way forward for any cancer, as you’d imagine, so every little bit helps in spreading the word and raising much-needed research funds!”