ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There was an unusual sight on the streets of Albuquerque Thursday night. A man was seen rolling a six foot ball down Central Avenue during rush-hour and it was quite the head-turner. But why? Thomas Cantley is doing it all in an effort to raise money for testicular cancer.
Cantley, 31, is a testicular cancer survivor.
“This is my giant left testicle reincarnated. Because in 2009, I was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer,” Cantley said
He learned he had cancer when he was 26 and it gave him a new mission in life. He’s making a cross country trek with a six foot inflatable ball tethered to his waist, a symbol of what he lost, and a warning to other young guys.
“I was interviewing a young guy today he ended up getting testicular cancer but it spread to his brain, it spread to his lung,” Cantley said.
The campaign is called Be Ballsy. He’s been driving with a team of 4 other guys since September 4th when they rolled out of Santa Monica on an 11 city tour that ends in New York.
“People genuinely helping us get across the country cause that’s how we’re getting around across the country is the sheer support of the people, putting us up in their place, packing us lunches like we had a van donated while we were in phoenix,” Cantley said.
And people here in Albuquerque helped out too. Cantley and his team were able to raise a $150, enough money to get him to Oklahoma City.