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2010 Prostate Cancer Speaker - Sugar Ray Leonard

The Radiation Centers of Evansville Cancer Center, Deaconess Chancellor Center and Therapy Associates hosted its ninth annual prostate cancer awareness program, “A Knock Out Night for Men with Sugar Ray Leonard,” on Saturday, September 11th at the Evansville Coliseum in downtown Evansville. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard talked on the “POWER to Win” followed by a Q&A session.

While Sugar Ray Leonard is not a prostate cancer survivor, the event held special meaning to him as an African-American. According to the American Cancer Society, African-American men are at greater risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer than any other race or ethnic group. As a result, he wants to emphasize to all men the importance of annual prostate cancer screenings.

“Prostate cancer does not discriminate and it continues to be one of our deadliest opponents,” said Leonard. “It is our responsibility to our families, friends and loved ones to receive an annual prostate cancer screenings because it may very well save our lives.”

This event provided the community with important education about early detection and why annual screenings are crucial in the fight against prostate cancer. The evening’s festivities began with a very special tribute and moment of prayer for our nation’s heroes and the families affected by 9/11. Next, local hero and recently retired as Evansville’s first African-American Fire Chief George Flowers presented Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel’s proclamation to Dr. Jon D. Frazier, radiation oncologist and medical director of Evansville Cancer Center and Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology.

“The 911 Gives Hope Foundation is a group of emergency services personnel who have joined together to help children and adults with special needs in our community. With prostate cancer affecting so many in our community it is an honor for us to help raise awareness about this disease,” said Billy Bolin, police officer at Evansville Police Department and Vice President of 911 Gives Hope Foundation. “Guns & Hoses is our main fundraiser so it is a natural fit for us to have the opportunity to work with Sugar Ray Leonard to help protect the men in our community.” There were three bouts of Guns N’ Hoses boxing, a charity that pits police officers against firefighters in a series of three one-minute rounds.

Following the last fight, Sugar Ray Leonard announced which lucky attendee won a pair of personally autographed red leather Everlast® boxing gloves.

The event also included a silent auction featuring various Sugar Ray Leonard memorabilia. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to bid on autographed memorabilia in a silent auction.

All proceeds benefitted Cancer Care Options, Inc., a not for profit organization founded by Al Korba, M.D., former medical director of Evansville Cancer Center, which aids cancer patients in the Tri-State area who cannot afford cancer medications.

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