(PRWEB) August 30, 2013
The George Washington Bridge will be lit light blue as part of an awareness campaign for prostate cancer during the month of September, which is officially recognized as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. The lights will come on Wednesday, September 4 at nightfall.
Founded in 2003, Ed Randall’s Fans For The Cure is a prostate cancer education and awareness charity created by prostate cancer survivor Ed Randall. Many know Ed as the radio host on both WFAN and Sirus/XM Radio, and his connection to the sports world that inspired him to launch Ed Randall’s Fans For the Cure. The mission is to increase awareness of prostate cancer in men by educating them and the people who love them about the most current techniques in treatment, prevention and most importantly - early detection.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American males today. Every hour, 24 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States and some 215,000 will be diagnosed this year alone. Some other challenging facts:
· Men are 33% more likely to get prostate cancer than women are to get breast cancer.
· Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.
· 1 in 6 Caucasian males is at risk for prostate cancer in their lifetime.
· 1 in 5 Latino males are at risk.
· 1 in 4 African-American males is at risk in their lifetime; their mortality rate is double that of white males.
Men with one close relative who has the disease will have twice the risk of contracting prostate cancer. With two close relatives, five times the risk. Three close relatives, the chances are 97%.
Ed Randall, founder of Ed Randall’s Fans For The Cure, offered these words: "The George Washington Bridge is one of our nation’s great symbols. It unites two great states and is a source of pride for our region. Having it lit in light blue will help us immensely in our awareness and education efforts on prostate cancer. It is an incredible recognition for all of us who help to fight this terrible disease. We hope this symbolic reminder will encourage many men to see their doctor for that all important checkup.”
Said PANYNJ Commissioner Richard H. Bagger: Prostate cancer is personal to me and my family. I lost my father to the disease over a decade ago. While many significant strides are being made in its treatment, the best way to prevent prostate cancer is for men to have a regular check up. The Port Authority is proud that the lights on the George Washington Bridge can help focus attention on prostate cancer awareness to promote longer, healthier lives.
Ed Randall’s Fans For The Cure thanks volunteer Bill Healey, of Raritan Twp. NJ, for initiating the discussion between the Charity and the PANYNJ.
Ed Randall is available for interviews to discuss the lighting of the George Washington Bridge via phone at 917-856-7545 or to his email at edrandall(at)fans4thecure(dot)org.
About Fans For The Cure:
Our Mission: Through the world of sports and athletes, increase the awareness of prostate cancer in men and educate them and the people who love them about the most current techniques in treatment, prevention and early detection. Fans For The Cure is a 501 c 3 non-profit charity founded in 2003 by Ed Randall, himself a prostate cancer survivor.
Ed Randall, ERFFTC , 917-856-7545