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Baseball's Living Legend Stan "The Man" Musial Coming to Evansville for "Home Run Series for Men's Health" Prostate Cancer Awareness Program

July 27, 2004 - Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, striking one in six men during their lifetime. However, this most common cancer is also the most treatable when detected during the early stages. To convey this critically important message to the men of the Tri-State area, the Evansville Cancer Center, area Urologists, and the American Cancer Society have enlisted the assistance of Hall of Famer Stan 'The Man' Musial. Musial, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals, is a prostate cancer survivor.

On Saturday, August 28, at 1 p.m., the Evansville Cancer Center, area Urologists, and the American Cancer Society will present "Home Run Series for Men's Health with Stan 'The Man' Musial" at the Evansville Marriott on Hwy. 41. During this program, Stan Musial will share his battle with prostate cancer, as well as reflect on some great moments in his baseball career. In addition to Musial, the program will feature area physicians addressing prostate health, risk factors, detection, and advances in medical treatment. There will be an autographing opportunity with Musial with a nominal fee of $10.00, limit one autograph per person. No bats or jerseys. Cancer Care Options, Inc. will receive 100% of the proceeds from this program.

During his 22 years as a St. Louis Cardinal, Stan Musial earned respect within the baseball community and also earned the nickname 'The Man' by the Brooklyn Dodger Fans because of his hitting ability. They'd always say 'Here comes that man again' whenever he was ready to bat. Musial hit over .400 in his lifetime in New York alone and the nickname 'The Man' has stuck with him ever since!

Stan Musial was the first player to win three Most Valuable Player Awards in the National League in 1943, 1946, and 1948. He was selected the Sporting News Major League Player of the Year in 1946 and 1952. Sports Illustrated named him its Sportsman of the Year in 1957 and the Sporting News honored him as Sportsman of the Decade for the years between 1946 and 1956. In 1954, Musial became the first in history to hit 5 home runs in a double header against the New York Giants. Upon retirement, Stan Musial held 17 Major League, 29 National League, and 9 All-Star game records. In 1968 a statue of him was dedicated at Busch Stadium and in 1969 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Stan 'The Man' Musial has many baseball victories of which he can tout; however, today he finds himself sharing his personal victory over prostate cancer with audiences across the country. Musial, a 15 year prostate cancer survivor, knows that early detection is the only way to successfully win the fight against this number one cancer among men. An estimated 230,110 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year and approximately 39,900 men die from the disease. Prostate cancer accounts for 30% of all male cancers and 11% of all male cancer-related deaths. African-American men have the highest prostate cancer incidence rate in the world and are twice as likely to die from this disease as other American men.

Corporate Sponsors of "Home Run Series for Men's Health with Stan 'The Man' Musial" are Evansville Cancer Center; area Urologists; the American Cancer Society; Shut Out Sponsors: Amgen, LabCorp, and Novartis Oncology; Home Run Sponsors: AstraZeneca, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Pfizer, Tibotec Therapeutics, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana; Triple Sponsors: The American Cancer Society, Bristol Meyers-Squibb, Oncology, Ohio Valley HeartCare, Old National Bank, Roche Laboratories, TAP Pharmaceuticals, Urological Associates, and Urology Consultants; Double Sponsors: Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, Celgene, Millenium Pharmaceutical, Sanofi-Synthelabo, and Welborn Clinic; Single Sponsors: Cardinal Health, Integrity Healthcare Services, Interstate Imaging, Kenny Kent, MedImmune Oncology, MGI Pharmaceutical, Purdue, Rudolph, Fine Porter & Johnson, LLP, and J. Scott Willaims of Pfizer. A Very Special Thanks to... Evansville Marriott and The Otters. Media Sponsors: The Evansville Courier Company and 14 WFIE TV.

Tickets for "Home Run Series for Men's Health" are $10 per person for the 1:00 p.m. program or $100.00 per person for the 11:30 a.m. VIP Luncheon which includes a ticket to the 1:00 p.m. program on Saturday, August 28th and a ticket to the Evansville Otters final home game with the Richmond Roosters on Friday, August 27th where Mr. Musial will throw out the first pitch of the game. Proceeds from this program will benefit Cancer Care Options, a non-profit organization offering emergency financial assistance to any person with cancer who cannot afford to buy the medications their physician has prescribed and in pain are suffering. Tickets can be obtained at the American Cancer Society on 1510 W. Franklin Street or Evansville Cancer Center on 700 N. Burkhardt Road or call the Cancer Center at 812-473-8797.

For additional information, contact Robin Lawrence-Broesch, Evansville Cancer Center at 812-474-6000.

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