Thomas Cantley , Mr. Ballsy


Dumping a bucket of ice water over your head for a good cause? Like the great poet Hilary Duff once said: "That's so yesterday." (But still awesome, so keep donating!)

Now we want to talk about raising awareness for cancer by rolling a giant ball/gonad/nut/other name for testicle across America, like 31-year-old cancer-survivor Thomas Cantley is doing right now.

After being diagnosed with and beating stage 3 testicular cancer, Thomas is taking his experience with the disease across the country, and he's bringing a six-foot inflatable testicle nicknamed "Lefty" with him.

"I wanted to do sort of a social experiment," Cantley told KSBW. "I didn't want to force myself on anyone, and what this does, it forces people to come to me, ask me, 'What is this, what's it about, it kind of looks like a testicle, what's going on?' It creates that conversation."

Thomas started his journey last Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif., and hopes to end up in New York City by October. He's documenting his mission on his Instagram account and plans to rely solely on the generosity of others to keep his trek across country going.

"My goal is to get across the country not by any money," he said. "I want people to [say], 'I'll book a hotel room, I'll take you out to lunch, I'll fill up your gas tank' or whatever, and I want those physical connections, I don't just want people to donate to me, I want people to connect with me."

To learn more about Thomas' journey or to donate to his cause, the Testicular Cancer Foundation, you can visit his website.

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