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Major League Baesball Hall of Famers Help "Strike Out" Prostate Cancer"

Evansville Cancer Center Hosts 7th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Program August 16th, 2008


Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Ozzie Smith are teaming up with Evansville Cancer Center—Vantage Oncology and Tri-State urologists at its 7th Annual “Striking Out Prostate Cancer,” event on Saturday, August 16th.

Open to the public, the event will provide the community important education about early detection and why annual screenings are crucial in the fight against prostate cancer. The day’s festivities also include a silent auction featuring various sports memorabilia. Following the public event, attendees have the opportunity to meet the baseball legends and receive personal autographed photos and baseballs (no bats or jerseys will be autographed).

The event takes on a special meaning to Robinson who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999 and has become a national spokesperson for early detection of the disease. Robinson was age 63 at the time of his diagnosis and was identified as being in the high risk group, over 50 years old and African-American. One out of every six men will get prostate cancer and African-Americans have a 70% higher prostate cancer incidence rate.

Ozzie Smith, who is MLB’s national spokesperson on prostate cancer, has seen close friends affected by the disease and is cognizant of his own risk factors. While he is fortunate not to have a family history, Smith understands that he, Robinson and other men must remain vigilant about receiving annual exams.

Those in attendance and at home will have the opportunity to bid on autographed sport’s memorabilia in a silent auction. All proceeds will go to 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.


Frank Robinson, Prostate Cancer Survivor and Member of MLB Hall of Fame
Ozzie Smith, MLB National Spokesperson on Prostate Cancer, Member of MLB Hall of Fame
Dr. Jon D. Frazier., radiation oncologist and medical director of Evansville Cancer Center


Saturday, August 16, 2008

  • Press Conference with Frank Robinson and Ozzie Smith: 1:30 p.m.
  • Public Event: 2 p.m.

The Evansville Marriott
7101 Hwy 41 North
Evansville, IN 47715


The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2008. About 28,660 men will die of this disease. While the numbers are alarming, Dr. Frazier reminds patients that early detection can significantly improve treatment outcomes for those diagnosed. Dr. Frazier adds, “We continue to make tremendous strides in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. However, these advancements are for not if we can’t convince men to visit their doctor to receive an annual screening.”

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