Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure, a nationally recognized 501 c3 charity devoted to education about and the life-saving benefits of early detection of prostate cancer, will collaborate with Scripps Health at the upcoming Baseball Winter Meetings to provide free prostate cancer screenings on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the San Diego Convention Center.
The prostate-specific antigen screenings will be open to all attendees of the Winter Meetings, which serve as the annual convention of the “business of baseball” and are officially hosted by Minor League Baseball (MiLB). The meetings are expected to attract more than 3,000 executives from Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball organizations.
“We thank Minor League Baseball for allowing Ed Randall’s Fans for The Cure to bring this screening to the Winter Meetings for the third consecutive year,” said Ed Randall, founder and CEO. “We are especially proud to partner with nationally renowned Scripps Health on this year’s screening, for they are recognized leaders in life-saving treatments for prostate cancer. As a survivor myself, their work is very important to me.”
“PSA screenings save lives,” said Carol Salem, MD, a urologic oncology surgeon and medical director of Scripps Health’s Robotic Surgery Program. “The cure rate for prostate cancer has increased significantly since widespread use of PSA testing began in the early 1990s. When diagnosed early, at the local or regional stages, national survival rates are nearly 100 percent. Men with a strong family history of the disease and African-American men can benefit from annual PSA screenings starting at age 40, while most other men should talk with their doctor about getting regular PSA screening starting at age 50.”
“As a homegrown Minor League Baseball charity partner, our organization fully supports Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure and its mission of spreading prostate cancer awareness and education,” said Pat O’Conner, Minor League Baseball President & CEO. “We hope by creating opportunities such as this one for individuals to become better informed about this disease and to be tested, we play a small part in saving someone’s life.”
Ed Randall is a nationally renowned baseball author, broadcaster and historian who currently hosts programs on the MLB Radio Network and WFAN Radio in New York. He earned critical acclaim for his TV series “Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball” and books “More Tales from the Yankee Dugout” and “Baseball for the Utterly Confused.” After his own successful prostate cancer treatment at age 47, Randall founded his charitable organization, which has held educational and screening events in partnership with several teams in Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League.
Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure seeks to save lives by increasing awareness of prostate cancer and the life-saving value of early detection, while providing education and information about cutting-edge research to reduce risk, detect and treat prostate cancer.
Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball clubs through their farm systems.