Sunday, September 25, 2011

Twin Cities Dash For Dad 2011

We had a chilly, but enormously successful race at this years Zero-Dash For Dad 5k Race/Walk.
Over 300 racers, ran and walked in support of prostate cancer awareness, to honor those who's lives have been lost to this disease, and celebrate those who have beaten and continue the battle of the highest diagnosed cancer among men.
Our national sponsor-The Hartford, presented our Twin Cities race with a $10,000 check!
Our Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition had an information booth, and my sweet and fabulous assistant/daughter Jasmine, helped from set-up to tear down-this is her 4th race!

Below, I am pictured with Agosto Perez, who has had three bouts with a rare form of cancer, which have resulted in dis articulation of his left hip and the loss of most of his quadricep muscle. He works closely with The Hartford, a founding partner of U.S. Paralympics, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.

Pictured with 3 members of the MNPCC Executive Board and The Hartford Stag.

African American prostate Cancer Disparity Summit 2011

This years PHEN (Prostate Health Education Network) Summit was wonderful! 

PHEN's primary mission is to increase prostate health education and awareness among the men at highest risk for prostate cancer in the United States, African Americans. Saving lives through early detection and eliminating the African American prostate cancer disparity is PHEN's education and awareness goal. PHEN's mission also includes efforts to increase the overall support and resources to wage a war on prostate cancer that will eventually lead to a cure for the disease.

I am grateful to Mr. Tom Farrington, Founder and President of PHEN, for the invitation to attend this year's Summit, and look forward to our organizations working together in the future to create awareness.

Pints For Prostates-Arlington, Virgina

I had a great time supporting the Pints For Prostates organization while in Virgina.  Let's face it, men have a tough time talking about their prostates (even with their doctors), and I think this is an awesome approach to open dialogue!

Pints for Prostates is a grassroots campaign that uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message. Founded by prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008, the campaign raises awareness among men about the need for regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising.
Pints for Prostates has registered as a 501(c)3 charity and 100% of all funds raised by the group go to fighting prostate cancer and assisting men with the disease.
Pictured with event hostess, Brhea Koneman, daughter of Pints For Prostates Founder and prostate cancer survivor, Rick Lyke.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Zero-Summit to End Prostate Cancer 2011

What a week-this year's Summit was the best ever!  I enjoyed "catching up" with my fellow Prostate Cancer advocates from around the country, establishing relationships with new participants and learning about new treatment options, and protocols coming to market soon.   The future looks bright, and being my dad is still not cancer-free, I seek as much knowledge as I can of emerging technologies and drug-protocols.

The Summit offered FANTASTIC speakers and I had the privilege to have  great conversations with Senator Klobuchar, staff members from Senator Al  Franken and Congressman, Eric Paulson's offices.  There's significant legislation we are seeking to maintain in these challenging economic times, and these one-on-one meetings provide rare opportunities to spread awareness and secure support for desperately needed funding for Prostate Cancer.
Pictured with my United States Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Senator Klobuchar's father is a Prostate Cancer survivor.

 I had the opportunity to tour her lovely office, after enjoying breakfast hosted by Senator Klobuchar.
I met with Melissa Safford, Legislative Aide to US Senator, Al Franken.  We met last year during my legislative visit and had a nice conversation, highlighting issues we hope to gain Senator Franken's support.

My dear friend Sherry Galloway, who's only child/son Jeremy, was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at age 34, and lost a horrific battle with the disease at age 36.  There's no family history of this disease in Sherry's family, and Jeremy was in "prime" physical condition prior to diagnosis.  This is compelling evidence that Prostate Cancer is NOT an "old man's disease", as many refer to it as, and even men in good physical health are at risk.
Timely detection is "key", and men need to have annual physicals, including Prostate Cancer Screenings , beginning at age 40
(age 35, if there is family history).

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Zero-Summit To End Prostate Cancer Washington, D.C.

"EXCITED", is the word which best describes how I feel as I prepare for this year's Zero Summit!  I owe much gratitude to my national partner, Zero-The Project To End Prostate Cancer, for once again providing me with this amazingly opportunity to represent MN and our advocacy efforts.  This year, I have the honor of having breakfast with Senator Amy Klobuchar, giving me a wonderful opportunity to inform her of upcoming & current-critical legislation, and talk about our dad's and their battles with Prostate Cancer.  
I have a feeling this maybe a highlight of my week!  I will be posting each day, so check back!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

89.9 FM-KMOJ radio show guest

I am so happy to be a guest on the "Know Your Options" health segment tonight!  We will be talking about Minnesota men and their prostates, the importance of yearly physicals-including prostate cancer screenings, and healthy eating and exercise habits.
And celebrating WOMEN and the important role we play in giving that gentle nudge, and in some cases the forceful PUSH, our men may need to have the screening.  It's crucial for us to become educated about prostate cancer, as we are care-givers to our men, which is, in my opinion-what we do best!
Please tune in!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit 2011-Washington, D.C.

I am looking forward to attending the "Seventh Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit"event, in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Prostate Health Education Network, Inc. (PHEN).
This year's theme is "Saving Lives: Strategies for Eliminating the African American Prostate Cancer Disparity." The Summit will kick-off on Sept. 22 at the U. S. Capitol and continue on Sept. 23 at the Washington Convention Center, where Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY) will host the event as an official part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference.

There is much work to be done to increase awareness among the African American communities across the country, as well as gain momentum and a sense of urgency among the African American male population.

*1 in 3 African American men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their lifetime-which is twice the rate of Caucasian men. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month-Presidential Proclamation

Please "click" on the ribbon above to view the press release of the Proclamation from President Obama.  This recognition and support by our government is vital in our pursuit of education and advocacy among all U.S. citizens.  
"Thank You, Mr. President"

Zero's-Drive Against Prostate Cancer


It was a Great Day At The Fair-volunteering for Zero's-'The Drive', with the U of M Physicians Institute For Prostate and Urologic Cancers!  
I love this program at the U, as the doctors, nurses and volunteer staff are the reason my dad is still alive today.
I had a wonderful time registering men for screenings, while sharing my connection with this deadly disease.  
I am so thankful for the MANY women who gave their men a gentle nudge, and in some cases, a forceful PUSH-to have the screening.   

 Over 600 men received a FREE Prostate Cancer screening at the MN State Fair this year!  

Free Testing: The Drive Against Prostate Cancer

It’s free. No Appointments. No insurance needed. Snacks! And it features a big flat screen TV with satellite cable and leather chairs to watch the big game while you wait. It’s the way every doctor’s office ought to be!

ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer understands that busy schedules make it hard to fit in regular doctor visits, but early detection is critical. That’s why we offer the Drive Against Prostate Cancer, the only nationwide mobile prostate cancer-testing program. The Drive tours from coast to coast and border to border to offer FREE prostate cancer testing.

More than 110,000 men have been tested since 2002, saving more than 7,000 lives by alerting men with abnormal test results to go see their doctor.

Help Us Double the Drive

In celebrating a decade of saving lives, a charitable foundation has challenged us to double the number of men that we screen. They will match dollar for dollar, up to $1,000,000, all donations made towards dramatically expanding the most successful prostate cancer testing campaign in America. This is your chance to show America your commitment to ending prostate cancer through early detection!

U of M Tubby Smith Urges Men to be Screened for Prostate Cancer

U of M Men's Basetball Coach and Prostate Cancer Survivor-Tubby Smith,  spent time at our Drive event to encourage men to get screened and shared his personal experience with Prostate Cancer.