I’m sure all of us have had our lives affected by cancer in one way or another, so I’m more than happy to post this release from the Yankees.
The New York Yankees today announced a special triple play during the month of September, with three upcoming cancer awareness events at Yankee Stadium. In conjunction with Major League Baseball’s commitment to Stand Up To Cancer, the Yankees are striving to raise awareness and take the proper steps in prevention and detection for their fans by offering free cancer screenings and a marrow drive to those in attendance at the three dates listed below.
ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, the Yankees will host a free skin cancer screening for all ticketed fans from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on the Main Level behind home plate (between Sections 217-223), just prior to the Yankees-Blue Jays game at 1:05 p.m. Dr. Darrell Rigel, M.D., and his team of dermatologists and medical assistants will conduct the skin cancer screenings, just as they do for the Yankees players during each spring training. The screenings – which cover exclusively the arms and face – take under a minute to complete.
In conjunction with the free screenings, Neutrogena will sponsor a sunscreen giveaway to the first 30,000 fans in attendance at Sunday’s game.
ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, the Yankees will partner with Ed Randall’s Bat For The Cure charity for the second straight season to help fans fight the battle against prostate cancer by providing free prostate cancer screenings for adult men age 40 and over attending that evening’s game vs. Baltimore (7:05 p.m. first pitch). Doctors and medical technicians from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center will provide the safe and simple screening and participants will be notified of the results within two weeks.
The free tests will begin when gates open at 4:30 p.m. – when the Yankees open select gates (near the Great Hall) one half-hour earlier than normal for a night game – and last until approximately 8:00 p.m. The screenings will take place on the Main Level behind home plate (between Sections 217-223). Last year, over 300 fans were screened for the deadly disease.
ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, the Yankees, New York Blood Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will team up for a bone marrow drive at Yankee Stadium. Marrow has the ability to help patients defeat diseases like leukemia or sickle cell anemia through the receipt of a marrow transplant. Ticketed fans are urged to participate in the possible life-saving effort from 5:00 p.m. until the top of the seventh inning on the Main Level behind home plate (between Sections 217-223) while the Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays (7:05 p.m. first pitch). With a simple swab from inside a cheek, participants will be added to the Be The Match Registry, which allows for patients to find a needed marrow match. The New York Blood Center and hospital staff will help swab and register all participants.
Fans looking to be added to the Registry are asked to take the first step at www.BeTheMatch.org or join.bethematch.org/YANKEES. Participation will give thousands of people a chance to live.
In addition, all full-time and part-time Yankees employees will be eligible to take part in the cancer screenings and marrow drive during designated times prior to gates opening.
v Skin Cancer will strike one in five Americans and over 2,000,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year in the United States. Over one American dies every hour from skin cancer. Dermatologists want to decrease that number now and early detection is the best way to make that happen. When it comes to skin cancer, early detection is key!
v Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among men with 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer expected in the U.S. this year, enough to fill Yankee Stadium nearly 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.
Þ Ed Randall’s Bat For The Cure is a New York-based 501c-3 charity entering its ninth year of raising prostate cancer awareness, promoting early PSA testing, and raising research funds to fight the disease. Ed Randall’s Bat For The Cure was founded in 2002 after the charity’s founder, Ed Randall, was diagnosed with prostate cancer which currently remains in remission. The organization provides more information about detection and testing at its website www.batforthecure.org.
v The National Marrow Donor Program operates the Be The Match Registry, the world’s largest and most diverse registry of volunteer marrow donors and donated cord blood units. Every year, more than 10,000 patients are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma for which a marrow or cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor may be their best or only hope of a cure. Most patients (about 70 percent) in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on the NMDP’s Be The Match Registry to find an unrelated donor or cord blood unit. In 2009, more than 1,800 patients received assistance, and more than $5 million was made available to qualifying patients through the Be The Match Foundation Patient Assistance Program.