The possibilities to do your part in raising awareness for a cause are endless- and this guy just proved it once and for all.
Some people make donations to cancer foundations, some people get tattoos of Mr. T on their body. Gavin Litchfield chose the latter.
After being diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 31, Litchfield decided it was his duty to raise awareness about the disease. He received treatment almost immediately and is doing wonderfully, cancer free- but Litchfield is set on educating men far and wide on how important it is to "check ya nuts."
That's right. Remember the Mr. T commercials for Snickers where he aggressively tells the viewers to "Get Some Nuts?" Let me refresh your memory...
Well, Litchfield remembers them. And he came up with a pretty hilarious way to remind men to consistently check their balls for anything out of the ordinary that could be cancerous.
With a bold portrait of Mr. T and a slight change of words, Litchfield has single-handedly spread the word about testicular cancer awareness in a way that I have never seen done so boldly before. In congruence with the Macmillan Cancer Support Foundation, Litchfield has helped exponentially to raise awareness as well as money for the cause.
"If I can help someone else to get through what I've been through because of something as stupid as a tattoo, that would be amazing," Gavin says."It was painful, but I didn't mind a bit of pain because I've been through a lot more pain recently."
Humor is often one of the quickest ways to grab peoples' attention, and Litchfield really nailed this one if you ask me. A popular figure in modern culture plus a somewhat-crude reference and BAM. People will pay attention, laugh, and ultimately learn. Litchfield's commitment to the cause, although yes, hilarious- is touching. Tattoos are forever, and by getting this giant piece of work on this body- he is quite literally wearing his heart on his sleeve, and stating his unending dedication to helping others and raising Testicular Cancer awareness. And that is truly badass.
So, fellas, I'm sure you touch your balls a lot already- but do it some more, and make sure everything's good down there. It's important. Just don't do it like, at the dinner table or on a date or something. Cause you'll get punched in the face and definitely will not get laid. Trust me.