The DT38 Foundation was founded in memory of the talented professional footballer Dylan Tombides, who lost a long and brave battle with Testicular Cancer in 2014, aged 20. Dylan played for West Ham United FC and represented Australia at U23 level. He was obsessed with the ‘beautiful game’ from a young age and was destined for the very top. Adored for his charming personality and recognised for his ouTstanding ability, Dylan was immensely popular on and off the pitch. But above all, he was a wonderful son, brother, family man and friend to so many.
Since 2015, DT38 and has made great strides in raising awareness of testicular cancer both in the UK and Australia. We are very privileged to benefit from close links with many major football organisations including West Ham United FC, Socceroos, Football Federation Australia, Perth Glory FC, PFA Australia and PFA UK.
Our main goals are to:
- Drive the SELF- AWARENESS campaign for the early detection of testicular cancer
- Focus on youth EDUCATION through various teaching programme’s aligned to national curriculum
- Provide OPPORTUNITIES linked to fun and accessible activities within the community
Testicular Cancer – The Facts
- Testicular cancer affects younger men aged 15- 49
- It is the most common cancer in young men in the UK It is the second most common cancer in young men in Australia
- There was 2207 cases diagnosed in the UK in 2011 and 63 deaths
- There was 732 cases diagnosed in Australia in 2011 and 25 deaths
- The rate of men diagnosed with testicular cancer has grown 50% in the past 30 years and the reason is unknown
- The survival rate is 98%.
National testicular cancer screening test programmes do not exist in the UK or Australia and we believe this has to change. Awareness saves lives.
Since kicking off our mission has been clear. We want to share Dylan’s inspiring story with as many people as possible and we were lucky enough to begin our work on February 28, 2015 at Upton Park with the support of Dylan’s former club, West Ham United FC, at a Premier League match against Crystal Palace FC. DT38 continues to work closely with the Hammers. The annual DT38 Awareness Day allows us to raise funds and reach new people and the West Ham United Foundation use Dylan’s story to teach the importance of health and wellbeing to school children. The tremendous support of West Ham United to DT38 was cemented in history in 2016, when Dylan was awarded a memorial stone on Champions Place, a very special tribute outside the London Stadium.
In the Autumn of 2015, the work of DT38 began Down Under with the unveiling of a memorial statue of Dylan outside NIB Stadium, the home of Perth Glory FC in the presence of the former Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett. DT38 in Australia has continued to grow at a rapid pace and we regularly enjoy the support of the football communities of West Australia and through many other parts of the country. This support and that of our many donators and volunteers means we continue to reach more people than ever before. We regularly facilitate free testicular cancer screenings for men and we educate young people about Dylan, about bravery, and about the importance of health and wellbeing.
To read about our latest developments head to our news page