Event targets prostate cancer awareness

September 23, 2011 5:43 AM

Melanie N. Cross

According to the American Cancer Society, one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to Michael Boykin, one man can make a difference.


Boykin, the brother of Tulane prostate cancer patient Connie Mack Boykin, along with his committee of Connie Mack’s family members and friends, are fighting this disease by organizing a competitive sporting event. Their hope is that the event will encourage men to take charge of their health.

The One Man Can Make A Difference Sporting Clays fundraiser, in which participants shoot clay targets, takes place on Saturday (Sept. 24) at Riverside Sporting Clays in Denham Springs, La. In addition to the friendly competition, the event seeks to raise awareness about the importance of early screening for prostate cancer as well as funds for Oliver Sartor, M.D.’s Prostate Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center.

“Our goal is to create a vested interest among men in taking charge of their health as well as in finding a cure for prostate cancer,” says Boykin. “By organizing fundraising events around activities that men enjoy, we have the potential to support important research while increasing awareness about the importance of early detection, and that’s how we’ll make a difference, one man at a time.”

So far, the event has attracted more than 200 competitors and has raised nearly $150,000 for prostate cancer research at Tulane.

“Prostate cancer is in a transformational phase,” says Sartor, the Piltz Professor of Cancer Research at Tulane and Connie Mack Boykin’s physician. “The knowledge we’ve gained from the laboratory is being translated to the clinic faster now than ever before, but we need to do more. The funds raised from this event will be focused on new therapies and new understanding of the disease in a way that patients will be the beneficiaries.”

For more information on participating in Saturday’s event or to make a donation, check the online site for the One Man Can Make a Difference fundraiser.

Melanie Cross is manager of communications at the Tulane Cancer Center.

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