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Time Central 32 Gallowgate,
Newcastle upon Tyne,Tyne and Wear


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Who are we?

The DT38 Foundation has been set up in memory of Dylan James Tombides. Dylan was an Australian International and West Ham United professional football player who passed away aged 20 in April 2014 after a 3 year battle with testicular cancer.  The West Ham Family thought so highly of Dylan that they retired his number 38 and made DT38 one of their principal charities.

The charity has been formed as a result of Dylan initially being misdiagnosed. Our vision is to change the way testicular cancer is diagnosed by implementing best practice diagnostic guidelines for patients who present with testicular symptoms. We also aim to arm future generations of young men with the necessary knowledge about testicular cancer that will enable them to be confident when taking health matters into their own hands.

Our mission is to raise awareness and change the stigma associated with men’s health issues with a focus on testicular cancer. We aim to do this through providing educational programmes and opportunities for the youth of our community, to help shape a generation of children who are self- aware about their health and wellbeing.

Our main goals are to: 

1.         Drive the SELF- AWARENESS campaign for the early detection of testicular cancer

2.         Focus on youth EDUCATION through various teaching programme's aligned to national curriculum

3.         Provide OPPORTUNITIES linked to fun and accessible activities within the community

The charity was launched on the 28th February 2015 in the United Kingdom when West Ham United came up against Crystal Palace at Upton Park. At the 38th minute mark the spectators from both sides stood and clapped as a mark of respect. The charity officially launched in Australia on 

September 1st 2015 when Premier Colin Barnett and the Tombides family unveiled a bronze statue of Dylan outside NIB Stadium- Perth’s home of football. Both events were extremely momentous occasions and highlight the high regard in which Dylan was held both as a footballer and a person. As we are set up in both the United Kingdom and Australia we work hard to work hand in hand in both locations to deliver our vision.  

The charity has come about as a direct response too Dylan’s personal story and the current status of testicular cancer awareness in society.

  • 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%.
  • There is currently no routine screening tests in place for testicular cancer.

We at the DT38 Foundation believe that awareness is the key to addressing this illness. We know that our vision and mission clearly state the changes we plan to bring about in the future.

What do we aim to do?

Our key milestones in the next 3-5 years are to:

•           Publish a children’s picture story book and teaching programme linked to United Kingdom and Australian Curriculum. We plan to use this programme to provide 

awareness about testicular cancer and general health and wellbeing in schools and community organisations.

•           Develop self- awareness programmes and deliver testicular cancer awareness campaigns in schools and wider community organisations

•           Work with medical researchers to enhance early detection

•           Introduce medical screening routines and mobile vans


We will be publishing a children’s picture book and teaching programme in July 2016 in the UK and in September 2016 in Australia. The book has been written in memory of Dylan and the storyline follows his life adventures. The book aims to teach the youth of today of the importance of being resilient when they are faced with challenged in their lives. Other important messages it promotes includes the importance of positivity, love for family and friends, passion for sport, having goals and dreams, respecting people of all cultures, defying the odds, travelling the world, being there for others through difficult times, coping with death, taking care of general health and wellbeing and most of all sharing meaningful experiences with all those who enter your life. These are all attributes Dylan had and simple life lesson people need to be reminded of.

This book has a teaching programme centred round the areas of Literacy and Health and Wellbeing. The package includes United Kingdom Curriculum links for Key Stage 2/3 and Australian Curriculum Year 5 and up. There are a choice of 30 activities which not only have in depth teaching notes but also worksheets linked to them. There is also assessment rubrics and checklists for teachers to formally mark student work and use work related to the book for assessment and reporting purposes making it an extremely valuable teaching resource. The activities are based on years of study and the author’s personal philosophy of teaching which she has developed from being in the industry for 5 years. There are a range of different activities using an array of teaching instruction/strategies to cater for students of all learning styles.

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