On 11 October 2014, Brian Williams took on the world's toughest race, the IRONMAN World Championships at Kona, Hawai'i.
The lava fields of Hawai'i, hot with volcanic ash, provided the perfect backdrop to launch Ten4Men: a project to help raise funds to support prostate cancer research at Mater.
Today in Australia, there are approximately 120 000 men living with prostate cancer1.
Brian Williams, a 47-year-old Brisbane father of three who has lost his father and two uncles to the disease, is doing something about it.
In July 2016, he will be taking on Challenge Roth in Germany—the legendary mother of the ‘Challenge Family’ global series and the world’s largest long distance triathlon.
Since the mid-1980s, ‘Roth’ and ‘triathlon’ have become as inseparably linked as Munich and Oktoberfest.
Challenge Roth is without doubt the “heart of the triathlon” and attracts not only the biggest names in the sport but also 5 000 athletes from 60 nations and 180 000 spectators, making it the largest long-distance triathlon event in the world.
This year, Ten4Men aims to raise $100 000 to help fund the purchase of a state-of-the-art da Vinci Robotic System for Mater’s prostate cancer patients.
The da Vinci Robotic System is a highly sophisticated robot, designed to expand a surgeon’s capabilities. It allows surgeons to conduct minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery for the treatment of prostate and other cancers. Click here to read more information.
Brian is an ordinary bloke doing an extraordinary thing that will have a worldwide impact.
This is his story.
1 Source: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia