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Evansville Cancer Center Hosts 8th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Program, August 26th; Charlie Daniels to Perform Live and Share Personal Story
WHAT:

Tri-State Radiation Oncology Centers (Evansville Cancer Center and the Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology, Vantage Oncology facilities) is teaming up with Tri-State area urologists and the American Cancer Society to host its eighth annual prostate cancer awareness program, ‘An Evening with Charlie Daniels for the Men You Love,’ on Wednesday, August 26th at the Victory in downtown Evansville. The special event features country music legend and prostate cancer survivor Charlie Daniels who will be performing and sharing his own personal battle against the disease.

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 evening’s festivities also include a silent auction featuring various Charlie Daniels’ memorabilia. Following the public event, attendees have the opportunity to meet Daniels and listen to him perform his favorite songs. One lucky attendee will win an autographed Charlie Daniels fiddle (must be present to win.)

The event takes on a special meaning to Daniels who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001 and has become a national spokesperson for early detection of the disease. Daniels was 63 at the time he was first diagnosed in 2001. During a medical examination, his doctor detected a hard place on his prostate, but a biopsy turned up no sign of cancer. However, Daniels' blood tests showed that his level of prostate specific antigen (PSA), an indicator of prostate cancer, was rising. According to Daniels, he continued to go in for checkups every six months and his doctors found prostate cancer cells after the third or fourth biopsy.

“There’s a wonderful lesson I hope people gain from my experience,” says Daniels. “Prostate cancer is like a rattlesnake in your back pocket. You ignore it, it’s gonna bite you. But dealing with the threat is the best way to save your life.”

Those in attendance and at home will have the opportunity to bid on autographed memorabilia in a silent auction. All proceeds, including Charlie Daniels donating a portion of his merchandise sales, 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.

WHO:

Charlie Daniels, country music legend and prostate cancer survivor
Dr. Jon D. Frazier, radiation oncologist and medical director of Evansville Cancer Center

WHEN:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

  • Press Conference with Charlie Daniels: 4 p.m.
  • VIP/Sponsors Meet & Greet: 5:30 p.m. - Autographing & Hors D'ouvres, limit one autograph per person ($125.00) which includes tickets to the performance.
  • Charlie Daniels Performance and Personal Story: 7 p.m.

ONLY 100 VIP TICKETS WILL BE SOLD
For more information, please contact Robin Lawrence at (812) 474-6000.

WHERE:

Victory Theater in Downtown Evansville
600 N Main St.
Evansville, IN 47711

WHY:

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009, 192,280 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 27,360 will lose their lives to it. 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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