A few charity and health-related items I wanted to make you aware of:
Nick Swisher is working with Lee National Denim Day to raise money to fight women’s cancer. Go to his page to make a donation to the cause. $5 is all it takes — along with wearing jeans on Oct. 2.
In the first-ever effort during a New York Yankees game, Ed Randall’s Bat For The Cure charity will help fans fight the battle against prostate cancer by partnering with the New York Yankees in an unprecedented effort to save lives by providing free, simple prostate cancer screenings for any adult man attending the game at Yankee Stadium on September 9.
The free tests will begin at 3 p.m. when the Yankees open the Stadium gates a full hour earlier than they normally would for an evening game. The screenings will take place at the First Aid Office located on the Main Level behind home plate. The tests will continue throughout the Yankees’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition, the Yankees have agreed to continue the screenings for as long as any fan at the game wants to take advantage of the free tests.
This is the first time prostate cancer screenings will be conducted during a game at Yankee Stadium and provides a no-cost opportunity for men at the game, especially men over 40, to have their PSA levels tested for any indication of prostate cancer. High PSA levels are a recognized warning of prostate issues.
Doctors and medical technicians from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center have joined with Ed Randall’s Bat For The Cure to provide the safe and simple screening. Men will be notified of the results within two weeks.
“It is an honor for my organization to partner with the most famous sports franchise in history at the most storied sports venue in the world for this lifesaving initiative,” Ed Randall, the Chairman and Founder of Ed Randall’s Bat For The Cure said. “I owe a debt of gratitude to New York Yankees’ Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost for suggesting the idea for the screenings. It’s a debt I won’t be able to repay. But I know the greatest reward for the entire Yankees’ family will be the lives saved because of this partnership.”
The latest statistics on prostate cancer are saddening: prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among men with 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer expected in the US this year, enough to fill Yankee Stadium six times over. Overall, one in three men will develop a prostate problem, one in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and for African-American men one in four will develop the disease. Yet, through early detection, prostate cancer is almost 97 percent treatable.