Check your skin

Former local, Ben Kerslake with his son Leo, Kerslake Foundation is the official charity for this year's Yorke Peninsula Field Days.

Former local, Ben Kerslake with his son Leo, Kerslake Foundation is the official charity for this year's Yorke Peninsula Field Days.

This Yorke Peninsula Field Days you can do two things to help both yourself and others.

Firstly, the chosen charity for this year's field day is Kerslake Foundation and founder Ben Kerslake, a former Min/Man footballer, has encouraged all to get along and have their skin checked.

In 2014, at just 32, Ben was diagnosed with stage four melanoma and was given just four to six months to live.

Since this, he along with wife Martha and their two children, have been strong advocates for skin checks.

Once Ben had found out about his condition he immediately began Radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

He also had surgery to remove a large tumour in his head.

It was unfortunate that Ben already had numerous Tumours through his brain, lungs and abdomen.

With a diagnosis, Ben and Martha were determined to educate themselves on his form of cancer and explore other means of treatment.

He attended the Ian Gawler Cancer Foundation retreat program which became a life-changing experience.

Fast forward to today and Ben is now cancer and tumour free.

The experience at Ian Gawler Retreat helped Ben to form the Kerslake Foundation which supports two areas close to his heart.

They are the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation and the Ian Gawler Cancer Foundation Retreats.

Ben said everyone involved in the Kerslake Foundation believed that by supporting both of these causes, it gave the perfect balance of traditional research in the bid for a cure and also assisted current patients through a more holistic approach.

He is excited to have teamed up with YP Field Days committee and encouraged everyone to get along to the Bussenschutt Pavilion.

Yorke Peninsula Field Days will be held at the Paskeville location, (Kadina to Paskeville rd) on September 24-26.