Lap of the G
EJ’s Last Lap of the G- June 17 1995
Watching the Lap of the G we relive EJ’s brave fight with Prostate Cancer and are reminded of his great legacy to spark the push for Prostate Cancer Awareness for men’s health.
EJ’s Legacy for Prostate Cancer Awareness and Men’s Health
EJ farewelled 60,000 footy fans on what was to be his last lap of the MCG. EJ partially blind and his body weakened by his battle with Prostate Cancer found strength to stir the crowd with his famous fist in the air salute – We stuck it up em, which has now become – Stick it up Prostate Cancer.
EJ died soon after his last Lap of the G, two months later on August 17 1995.
FAREWELL TO EJ
“The greats gathered
Victorians lined the streets
The Choir sang to reach the spires
Setting the scene for a remarkable farewell to EJ”
EJ’s death brought an outpouring of grief from media and an avalanche of condolences. On August 22 1995 people lined the streets in their thousands for a State Funeral that went from St Patricks Cathedral to Footscray. Premier Jeff Kennett and dignitaries attended including well known names from far and wide in the sports world. The list seemed endless.
He was a hero to hundreds of thousands, perhaps of millions of ordinary Australians and to some who have never seen themselves as ordinary.
Geelong Advertiser – Editorial Opinion 1995
The funeral was televised and people in pubs stood silent, glasses in hand to remember Mr Football. He had passed all club or State allegiances and become everyone’s hero, a great Australian.
EJ inspired men to talk about Prostate Cancer Symptoms and Treatment
In EJ’s era men did not talk openly about ill health yet EJ bravely gave a voice to his public battle with Prostate Cancer, sparking the push for greater awareness of this disease and recognition of Prostate Cancer symptoms and men’s health.
EJ – The Legend Lives On
The western suburbs are full of Whitten memories – Whitten Oval and the Whitten stand, Whitten Ave and the Whitten statue stand as a hallmark of a great man who gave so much to his community. Watching the Lap of the G we relive EJ’s brave fight with Prostate Cancer and are reminded of his great legacy to spark the push for Prostate Cancer Awareness for men’s health.
The EJ Whitten Foundation was formed in his honour to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Research and continue to deliver Prostate Cancer Awareness to thousands of men. The Foundation has contributed to Prostate Cancer Treatment centres that have been named in EJ’s honour at the Alfred and the Western Hospital.