Thursday, June 17, 2010

This Prostate Exam Sponsored By:

Many fundraising races offer you the opportunity to "sponsor" athletes as they train and compete in endurance events.  Some people offer the opportunity to "sponsor a mile" in their marathon or sponsor a message on their cycling jersey.

I'm offering you the opportunity to sponsor a prostate exam for that special man in your life.  

Yes, you read that correctly.   A prostate exam.  Yeah it's what you think.  Talking about it makes us uncomfortable - maybe a bit squeamish, maybe it even makes you blush, but it's a deadly serious subject and men - dads in particular - need to be thinking about it.  And that's where I come in.  For a donation ($100 wouldn't hurt but any amount is greatly appreciated) to my campaign to raise funds for the Zero - The Project to End Prostate Cancer, I will take the bullet for you and bring up the awkward subject with that man in your life.  I'll offer two options - a heartfelt handwritten note from me letting him know that you've asked me to reach out to him and let him know that he needs to head to the doctor and get a prostate exam - or - if you'd prefer, I'd be happy to pick up the phone and call him and discuss with him the importance of getting to the doctor.

I can't think of anything more important this Father's day than helping the Dad in your life stay healthy.  Whether it's your dad, your nephew's Dad, or your son's dad, this Father's day is the perfect time to make sure they're getting a prostate exam.  

As you may know, my Dad is recovering from prostate cancer.  We discovered it when he was hospitalized while we were in California for my wedding.   He's doing very well now and I'm looking forward to many more Father's days with him.  Unfortunately, prostate cancer killed my uncle.  And sadly it's going to kill many more men. "Prostate cancer deaths are expected to jump 17 percent this year," according to estimates based on National Cancer Institute data.  It doesn't have to be that way though. If prostate cancer is diagnosed before it spreads, a patient has a 99 percent survival rate for five years.

Dad's have enough ties and barbecue tools.  This year get him a gift that really matters. Have me explain to him how important it is to you that he has a doctor poke around his bum to make sure he's healthy. It very well could save his life.  Next year you can buy him an ugly tie and let him burn some steaks.

Your donation will support the work of Zero – The Project to End Prostate Cancer which funds testing, education and research on prostate cancer.  Please click here to donate.

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