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"Striking Out Prostate Cancer" Evansville Cancer Center's Sixth Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Event Press Conference

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – August 13, 2007 – Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology would like to remind the public of the sixth annual ‘Striking Out Prostate Cancer’ event scheduled for 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 18, 2007, at the Evansville Marriott. The press conference will begin at 12:30 pm. Please call or e-mail Robin Lawrence, Director of Marketing, at (812) 474-6000 or with your reservation for the press conference.

We are more excited than ever to have the Cardinal Caravan joining us in striking out prostate cancer. Our lineup includes prostate cancer survivor and Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst, manager legend Whitey Herzog, and Hall of Famer Lou Brock.

Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology along with Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog, and Lou Brock are going to make this year’s ‘Striking Out Prostate Cancer’ program very successful.

Red Schoendienst played second baseman and switch-hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Giants, and the Milwaukee Braves between the years of 1945 and 1960. During his career he compiled a .289 batting average, 773 home runs, and a .983 fielding average among other outstanding statistics. He continued on to have the longest managerial tenure in Cardinals history while helping the team win two National League pennants and the 1967 World Series. All of this earned Red a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. If anyone knows the importance of early detection of prostate cancer, it is Red. He is a prostate cancer survivor who recently finished his radiation treatment in February of this year.

Whitey Herzog played for a handful of Major League Baseball teams before beginning his successful off-field career in 1964. He worked with teams such as the Texas Rangers, the California Angels, and the Kansas City Royals before joining the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980. His expertise and unique strategies helped the team win the 1982 World Series and National League Pennants in 1985 and 1987. Whitey has truly spent his life on the baseball field, yet he is known, too, off the field for his humor and unique story-telling abilities.

Lou Brock began his baseball career with the Chicago Cubs and eventually was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 and stayed with them until 1979. During this time, he was an important component in the team winning National League pennants in 1964, 1967, and 1968, and World Series titles in 1964 and 1967. Lou is known for his record of stealing 938 bases and for his batting average of .293 that led to 3,023 career hits. After he retired from the game in 1979, he became a businessman in the St. Louis area. Lou was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. Being in a higher risk group because of his African American heritage, Lou understands the importance of being screened regularly for prostate cancer, especially since he learned of his high PSA. African American men are twice as likely to die from this disease.

As you can see, we have a phenomenal lineup that will help us in our goals of spreading the awareness of prostate cancer. In 2007, the American Cancer Society estimates that 234,460 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 27,350 will lose their lives to the disease. Because the symptoms are often ignored, early detection is critical. By encouraging men to be screened annually for prostate cancer, this disease can be caught in the early stages, allowing treatment to be more successful. While prostate cancer is the number one cancer among men as per the incidence rate, the death rate has actually declined due to early detection. We want to continue this trend!

We hope that you will join our enthusiasm as well as our desire to educate the public on the importance of prostate cancer awareness. The program will include an educational session on prostate cancer, discussions with the baseball stars and stories about their baseball days followed by questions and answers from the audience, and a two-hour autographing period with the opportunity to meet the players.

At ‘Striking Out Prostate Cancer’ there will also be a silent auction featuring several autographed memorabilia from sports greats and items from local businesses to benefit Cancer Care Options, Inc. This is a not-for-profit organization that gives emergency financial assistance to persons with cancer who cannot afford to buy the medications their physician has prescribed to them.

Tickets are now on sale at Evansville Cancer Center. The price is $20 for general admission, which includes a free 18” Louisville Slugger wooden mini bat. Autographing tickets are purchased separately. Please call Evansville Cancer Center/Vantage Oncology at (812) 474-1110 for tickets. For more information, please contact Robin Lawrence at (812) 474-6000.

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