Summer is coming to a close and with school back in session, everyone seems to be trading their flip flops and shorts for sneakers and jeans. But one Stevens Point man is making an even more dramatic wardrobe change that's garnering some stares, but also drawing attention to an important cause.
Army soldier Fred Simons is "Kilted to Kick Cancer," trading in his camouflage for something a bit airier.
"I've gotten a few double takes," Simons laughs. "I know my wife has heard some people at her work saying, hey there's some guy in a kilt."
After spending eight months risking his life in Afghanistan, Simons is still working to save the lives of others. All month long he will be rocking his kilt to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer prevention. A campaign that started in the blogosphere.
"Seeing other bloggers in my community, the type of blogs we have, a lot of crossover with them and a lot of them are doing it and I just thought it was a good idea so I'd get into it myself," Simons tells NewsChannel 7.
An alarming one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. That means the chances are good you know someone, maybe even a family member, who will fight the disease. A n even scarier statistic is that one in 36 men will die from it. To put that into perspective, imagine the male student population at UW- Stevens Point. With approximately 4,452 male students, 123 of those male students run the risk of dying from prostate cancer. That's about 3% and while that may not seem like a lot, remember that man is someone's son or possibly even someone's husband or father.
But there is hope. If caught, over 90% of cases can be treated, making prevention the name of the game fro Simons.
Simons says, "Just ask what's going on and we can talk a little about that and [I can] give them the link to a site that I've set up on Livestrong where they can actually make a donation for research."
The biggest question of all remains. What's under that kilt?
"Honestly nothing is worn." Simons jokes. "It's all in perfect working order."
If you want to raise awareness for prostate cancer, but you're not a fan of the kilt you can also wear blue all September long. Blue is the official color for prostate cancer.
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