Catch up on the latest happenings with Fans for the Cure

APRIL 2023

I am excited to share early news of my upcoming travels. I am getting back on the road! As part of Catch for the Cure, I look forward to hopping into my car and jumping on planes to meet up with our community – and to have a catch in your backyard or at your neighborhood park. Get in touch if you want to schedule some face time (or catch time) with me.

Our Online Women's Support Group continues to be a source of meaningful connection, learning, and sharing for women journeying with men facing prostate cancer. Please read on for the schedule of upcoming of group meetings.

Let me draw your attention to our efforts to schedule a number of leading medical professionals for a visit to both of our online support groups. More details about that are below.

With the warmer weather, we have scheduled even more in-person and community events in and around the New York metropolitan area. See below for a selection of some of the events we are supporting in the weeks ahead.

Until next time,

Ed Randall
Founder + Chief Advocacy Officer
Fans for the Cure

Women's Support Group Grows with Switch to More Meetings
A laptop on a table, with a coffee mug, glasses, notebook and pen

Several months into a more frequent (twice monthly) meeting schedule, the Online Women's Support Group continues to grow, welcoming new members from across the USA. Now, with more than 50 members in the women's support group, the attendance levels of each meeting has steadily climbed over the course of 2023.

The group discussions are honest and open – with the women on the call sharing and supporting each other on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 8:00 PM ET.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2. All women are warmly welcome to attend for free. Registration is required. 

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Pitch a Catch with Ed Randall
Play catch with Ed Randall

With his mitt and boxes of new Rawlings baseballs in his car, Ed Randall plans to spend the summer driving (and flying) to screening events, people's homes, baseball fields, and wherever a Catch for the Cure can take place. We will share further details as Ed's travel schedule takes shape.

In the meantime, for more information about getting on the schedule to have a catch with Ed, please write to us at [email protected].

Screenings, Education, and Awareness Events in the Community
In-person events with Molloy University Community Care team

The following events relate to Fans for the Cure's collaboration with Molloy University, the University's School of Nursing, and Molloy's Community Care mobile health screening unit. Fans for the Cure will be answering questions about prostate cancer, as well as handing out educational and awareness materials.

In cooperation with our healthcare partners, we hope to add an on-site PSA testing component to these events in the late summer or fall.

Wednesday, April 26
Long Beach Soup Kitchen
140 West Pine Street, Long Beach, New York
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saturday, April 29
Grand Baldwin Festival
Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY  
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Saturday, May 20
St. Mary A.M.E. Zion Church
537 Granny Road, Medford, NY
1 PM – 4 PM

Wednesday, May 24
Hispanic Counseling Center
344 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY
8:30 AM – 11:45 AM

We invite you to share these dates and locations with those you think might benefit from attending. And you are very welcome to join us in person at any of these events. Stop by our table and say hi!

Steve Garvey's Legends Podcast Series
Steve Garvey

June is Men's Health Month, and it will also mark the beginning of an annual podcast series hosted by former MLB star and Fans for the Cure's Board Chairman, Steve Garvey. We are delighted to announce that Steve's first of three guests in this series will be the manager of the World Series Champion Houston Astros and Steve's former teammate on the Dodgers, Dusty Baker

Stay tuned for the specific release date of this first episode. It will be in June in connection with our efforts marking Men's Health Month.

Upcoming Guests to Visit Our Online Support Groups
A daily planner

Responsive to the needs of the members of our online support groups – both for men and for women – we are working to coordinate bringing a number of guests to our meetings in the months ahead.

We have tentative plans to welcome a genetic researcher along with a genetic counselor in late June, an expert on men's sexual health in July or early August, and a radiology clinician in September to explain the advantages of MRI-guided radiotherapy.

Pending confirmation of availability dates, the genetic testing session might be a combined presentation to both the Men's and Women's Support Groups.

As always, we will readily share further details as we finalize plans.

Hanging with Mr. Met
Hanging with Mr. Met

Fan favorite Mr. Met joined Fans for the Cure and others at the inaugural Mets Booster Club Luncheon held at Citi Field. The well-attended event was organized by the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the organization’s tireless CEO, Tom Grech. Queens Borough President, Donovan Richards, Jr., and Mets legend Art Shamsky addressed the attendees.

Fundraising Dinners and Special Events
  • Dinner honoring sports agent Scott Boras at Javier's Crystal Cove in Newport Beach, CA – June 19, 2023
  • Event honoring Andre Dawson and Dr. Chris Gonzalez (Loyola Health) – Smith & Wollensky, Chicago, IL – October 5, 2023
  • Visionary Dinner, honoree TBA – per se Restaurant, New York City – November 2023

For information about attending or sponsoring any of the events listed above, please write to us at [email protected]. More to follow soon via email about the June 19th evening honoring Scott Boras.  

Prostate Cancer Awareness with the Inimitable Gritty

Click on the photo to watch the video.

This fun little video from our friends at Penn Medicine has Philadelphia Flyers players Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim, along with Gritty and Flyers in-arena host Everett Jackson talking about the importance of screening for prostate cancer. Give it a watch – you'll be glad you did.

Upcoming Support Group Meetings

Both of our online support groups are free and open to all men and women respectively, with registration required.

Men's Support Group

Women's Support Group

Please note that Fans for the Cure allows attendees to register for only the immediately upcoming online support group meeting. Thanks for understanding our desire to keep our meetings safe, secure, and private.

Get that Second or Third Opinion that You Really Think You Should Get

At Fans for the Cure, we advocate for men to connect with solid, proven doctors who can deliver that sense of "This is the right way forward."

Through our community programs, health events, and local and national outreach, we have established an extensive network of leading urologists, oncologists, and medical professionals with whom we have established relationships and whom we trust with medical referrals. Should you be seeking a medical referral, we are happy to help connect you with doctors in all areas of the country for testing, second opinions, and guidance explaining treatment options.

Request a medical referral

In this section, we share links to blog posts, news articles, medical journals, books, and other items that we think will be of interest to you.

  1. Men Older Than 70 Years Continue to Be Overscreened for Prostate Cancer
  2. VIDEO: An Interview with Professor Robert Thomas – In a conversation with Chris Woollams of CancerActive, Dr. Thomas covers prostate cancer treatment regimens and the role of hormones, lifestyle, and nutrition in maintaining a healthy life while fighting cancer. Dr. Thomas a research-focused oncologist with the NHS in the UK. This interview demands a few listens – and keep you pen and paper handy!
  3. Losing the Men in Our Lives to Poor Health
  4. VIDEO: This is when you should drink coffee (emphasis ours)
  5. Sniffing out cancer with animal noses
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