Mariners take a swing at prostate cancer

The Seattle Mariners are once again teaming up with MLB and the Prostate Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research.

During the Mariners three game series with the San Francisco Giants, fans can pledge to the Home Run Challenge. Pledges range from 25-cents to $1,000 for each home run hit by either team. Between June 7-17, there will be 75 Home Run Challenge games across MLB with proceeds from pledges going to support the fight against prostate cancer. In 2011, 90 home runs were hit during 60 designated MLB games raising nearly $2 million.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Michael Milken are interviewed by Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle.

Fans can pledge by logging onto www.homerunchallenge.org or by calling 1-800-798-CURE (2873). Pledges will be accepted through Father’s Day, June 17.

Michael Milken, a prostate cancer survivor, is on a multi-city tour of ballparks with the Home Run Challenge Road Trip to bring attention to the cause. He and Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll stopped at Safeco Field Tuesday night. Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda was expected to accompany them to Seattle before he suffered a mild heart attack last week. (Get well soon, Tommy.)

On Sunday, Prostate Cancer Awareness Day, the Mariners and Giants players will be wearing Prostate Cancer Blue Ribbons and wristbands.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, “prostate cancer is to men what breast cancer is to women, with more than 16 million men and their families fighting the disease globally. While many advances have been made in the field, and men with prostate cancer are living longer, more productive lives, too many men still die and too many families still suffer.”

Here are some facts about prostate cancer:

  • A man is 35% more likely to develop prostate cancer than a woman is to develop breast cancer.
  • In 2012, an estimated 242,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. That is one new case every 2.1 minutes.
  • More than 28,000 American men are projected to die from prostate cancer in 2012. That equals about one death every 18.6 minutes.
  • Risk factors for prostate cancer include family history, age and race. Men are urged to talk to their doctor about risk, early detection and screening.

More information is available at www.pcf.org.

 

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