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Raleigh Testicular Cancer Foundation

On December 25, 2019, Toronto native and 9-year Raleigh resident Matt Cross was diagnosed with Stage 2B testicular cancer. A cancer diagnosis would disrupt anybody’s life. But for Matt, a 35-year-old respected and successful youth hockey coach living in Raleigh, this development was particularly jarring. Not knowing where to begin, Matt searched for a community of testicular cancer survivors or patients and found nothing of the sort in the Raleigh area.

Testicular cancer is generally treatable with a 99% cure rate when diagnosed early. It is also the number one most diagnosed type of cancer in males ages 15–35. Over 9,600 men will be diagnosed in the USA this year, with 1 in 250 men being diagnosed at some point in their lifetime.

Matt created just what he believes was missing in Raleigh after his diagnosis: a community of people survivors, patients, families and other supporters to be there for each other during and after their toughest fight in life. That community is Raleigh Testicular Cancer Foundation. (Non-Profit 501c3)

Photo of RTCF at Carolina Hurricanes


The Raleigh Testicular Cancer Foundation brings awareness about testicular cancer in the Raleigh community. By providing support to both patients and survivors, as well as preventative education to young men in the area, the foundation aims to create a community of individuals with the shared experience of testicular cancer.

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