Jack Dyson and Daniel Marks founders of father and son day

Like father, like son

Fathers, sons and mentors team up to raise awareness of male cancers and raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

‘Father and Son Day’ was set up in 2014 by Daniel Marks and Jack Dyson, both survivors of testicular cancer, to elevate consciousness around male cancer. 

This June will be the fifth anniversary of the campaign, which has been raising both money and awareness around men’s cancers and encouraging an open dialogue around men’s health. The campaign supports the UK's first Robotic Surgery Fellowships Programme at The Royal Marsden and thanks to supporters we have managed to train three Robotic Fellows over the past five years. 

This year, Orlebar Brown and MR PORTER will be releasing an exclusive capsule of slogan t-shirts, designed by Jack’s big sister Jenny Dyson, who is the Ruler of Pencil Agency. All created to champion both fathers and sons and  from June the 7th to the 16th all net profits from these shirts sold on MR PORTER, will be donated to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. You can view all the available shirts here

The campaign is also encouraging supporters of the campaign to post images of the inspirational men in their lives, father, son or mentor, tagging @FatherandSonDay and asking people to text MARSDEN to 70800 to donate £5.  

This campaign is inspired by very personal experience. It is about giving back to an organisation that saved my life and saves thousands more around the world every day.

Daniel Marks
Marc Bullock, Robotics Surgical Fellow with the da Vinci Xi

The difference it makes 

By supporting this programme Father and Son Day is investing in the robotic surgery experts of the future.

This unique programme trains multidisciplinary robotic surgeons of the future, with Fellows working across gynaecological, urological and colorectal units.  

 The founders Jack Dyson and Daniel Marks, spoke about the importance of the campaign for them:     

To date, the Father & Son Day campaign has funded three Robotic Fellows who have successfully completed the Robotic Fellowship Programme. We have watched operations performed by specialist surgeons at The Royal Marsden – whose training we have funded. We have witnessed real change - and so we thank each and every one of our supporters and champions for helping to make that happen.

The next five years will be about building on this foundation. We need to continue building quantifiable support as well as awareness, raising funds and inspiring men together.

Read more about the difference that robotic surgery can make. 

With Robotic surgery, patients experience less pain and recover more quickly. 

Mr Declan Cahill, Consultant Urological Surgeon

Support our work

Vital funding from initiatives like Father and Son Day means our researchers can continue to find better treatments for male cancers. Your donation can help us to continue this important work.