Randle’s vital message after cancer shock

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 17/01/2020
  • By Connor O'Brien

Up-and-coming talent Thomas Randle expects to be on the Superloop Adelaide 500 grid despite a shock diagnosis of testicular cancer.

The former Tickford Racing prodigy, who will drive for MW Motorsport in the 2020 Dunlop Super2 Series, revealed the situation to his Facebook followers on Thursday night.

Randle announced he had been diagnosed last week and, following multiple tests and scans, underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove a tumour.

The 23-year-old hopes to now have beaten the condition and was clear in his willingness to raise awareness about testicular cancer, which affects many young men like Randle.

“I had no idea whatsoever that it was something I should be aware of in my age-range, and even more so for someone who respects their body, which just goes to show that Cancer doesn’t discriminate,” he wrote.

“It really is quite simple to do a self-check and as a discipline I recommend all blokes (young or old) do so on the first day of every month, just to be sure.

“I purely want to spread awareness of this to blokes my age or even younger, and also to those in their mid-30’s, that if something doesn’t feel quite right get yourself straight to your regular GP.

“I did just that and hopefully doing so results in me being given a clean bill of health and the all clear when I have further tests in the near future.”

Met with a wave of positive responses, Randle later commented: “Thanks everyone for all your messages of support, seriously overwhelmed and thankful for how much you guys care!

“It’s important to speak up about these topics. After all, our health has to come first.”

Randle is expected to be a leading contender for this year’s Super2 championship, which carries with it a crucial $400,000 prize towards landing a Supercars drive for the following season.

The Victorian fully expects to hit the ground running in Adelaide on February 20-23, despite his recent hurdle.

“I'm now hungrier than ever for the first round of the Dunlop Super2 Series to kick off in Adelaide in just on five weeks,” he wrote.

Randle on Monday confirmed the auction of his podium-finishing race suit from the 2019 Penrite Oil Sandown 500 had sold for $3500, with all proceeds going towards the bushfire relief appeal.

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