Friday, March 25, 2011

Minnesota Cancer Summit 2011

I represented our MN Prostate Cancer Coalition at this year's state Cancer Summit.
The Summit offered a terrific opportunity to familiarize myself with new initiatives within MN, as well as catch-up with and meet new members of the Prostate Cancer community.
Cindy Iverson, is my colleague with the Zero-The Great Prostate Cancer Challenge/Dash For Dad Race Management Team.  
Zero is proudly hosting two Prostate Cancer races in MN this year-adding a race in St. Cloud in September, along with our annual Twin Cities race-scheduled for August 6th!  
This addition is so exciting, as it shows Prostate Cancer is receiving more awareness and state-wide exposure.  These are important, fun and symbolic community events to educate Minnesotans about this disease, remember those who have lost their battle with Prostate Cancer, and support and honor those who continue their fight to survive.

Pictured with Keith Allen-the Director of  Minnesota's "Let's Talk About It" program for the American Cancer Society, as well as a board member of the MN Prostate Cancer Coalition
It was a pleasure to meet Lou Harvin, American Cancer Society-Media Relations Specialist, a former KSTP-TV channel 5 television reporer.  I look forward to working with him in the near future, in conjunction with my work and partnership with the ACS!

Friday, March 4, 2011

World Cancer Day 2011

Today is "World Cancer Day"
Please join me and take a moment today to fondly remember those who have lost their battle with cancer and honor those who continue the fight.  
Today, I remember my Father In-Law, Willie Jett I, beautiful Auntie Cia and my Grandpa Smith, who battled and lost their lives to very aggressive cancers.  
Today, I honor my Dad and Uncle Percy-who both courageously continue their fight to survive Prostate Cancer.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Light The White House Blue-Please support this important effort!


Please visit http://lightthewhitehouseblue.org and consider signing the petition (reproduced below) to ask President Obama to light the White House blue for one evening during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month September 2011.

Dear Mr. President:
Prostate Cancer affects the lives of millions of Americans. Whether by diagnosis, treatment costs, lost work and family hours and, even death, prostate cancer resonates pain throughout our nation, every minute of every day. Lighting the White House blue for one night during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month-September 2011, will raise Prostate Cancer awareness by asking all Americans to consider Prostate Cancer's impact on our country. Lighting the White House blue might even get some guys to think about going to see their doctors and ask about Prostate Cancer testing.
Mr. President, please light the White House blue to honor the more than 300,000 American men who have died from prostate cancer in the past decade; for the more than 192,000 new cases that will be diagnosed this year; for the 32,000 men in the U.S. who will die from it this year; for African-American men who are 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 2.4 times more likely to die from it and for the nearly 2.5 million American men and their families who are currently challenged by this cancer.
We, the undersigned, rally in support of lighting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the people's house, blue this September.
Please sign at http://lightthewhitehouseblue.org
There's also a section to post your personal message about Prostate Cancer, to the President.