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lewvino
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This weekend I participated in my first relay for life sponsered by the American Cancer Society.
Havent really determined if you calculate 'survivor' from date of diagnosis, or date of treatment.

If from date of diagnosis then I'm a three year survivor. At any rate I really enjoyed the relay and our town raised $161,000 for cancer research.

If you get a chance you should participate!

lewvino

Randall72
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Congrats on your relay. Myself and my wife are attending a relay on June 1st looking forward to it.And also another run/walk on Father's day in Philly.

hopeful and opt...
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I will be going to my third on July 14; good to be a warrior.

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ProfWagstaff
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I will be participating in my 3rd Relay on June 9 - my 2nd year as a team captain. I find it a very life-affirming and thoughtful event.

They determine your survivor status from the date of diagnosis, so congrats on your 3 year anniversary. I'm at just over 3 myself but am still afflicted so on to the next treatment option.

Thanks to all who participate in Relays. If there's one in your area, please go - even if it's only to walk the survivors' lap. You'll be glad you did.

mrspjd
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mrspjd
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Relay for Life is one of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) premiere fundraising events, supporting many different and worthwhile cancer programs, including the CSNetwork.

With regard to Prostate Cancer specifically, some may recall that late last year the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against PSA based screening for PCa in asymptomatic men and assigned a ‘D’ rating to the PSA test as a PCa screening modality. Unfortunately, the ACS and its chief medical and scientific officer support the Task Force’s position and do not recommend PSA based screening for PCa in asymptomatic men.

Until better PCa screening technology is found, most in the PCa community believe that PSA testing for PCa is a valuable screening modality that saves lives. Charitable cancer organizations that support PSA based screenings and other important PCa issues include The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). According to charitynavigator.org, PCF’s overall charity rating is four out of four stars.

ZERO Foundation is another worthy charity for raising awareness and funds for the fight against PCa. Their DASH FOR DAD event is held annually in many cities across the U.S., usually in June around Father’s Day. This year my husband and I will be participating in the 2012 DASH FOR DAD on June 16th. If there's a DASH FOR DAD PCa fundraising event in your area, please consider attending as a participant, a volunteer, or a benefactor.

Randall72
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My wife and I both have enrolled for the GaryPapa run/walk this Father's day.Gary was the sports director for ABC tv.He was 1st dx many yrs ago,but loss his battle 5 yrs ago.He was always a bright light to all around him,and his viewers.It was a like a family member past. But ironically, I am also a survivior of PCa,and pulling strength from a man i admired for yrs with his fight against Pca. I guess now I can see it through his eyes,and a better understanding. Hopefully many more can sign up for the Relays, like said above even if just for the survivior lap. Good luck too all.

hopeful and opt...
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in the first Sunday in June, June 3 this year

http://www.ncsdf.org/Pages/AboutNCSD.html

mrspjd
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According to the website for the 2012 Gary Papa Father’s Day Run (http://www.kintera.org/faf/help/helpAboutOrg.asp?ievent=1012702&lis=1&kntae1012702=F8EB2F955FF74E82AA57A5CE03FD0BC1),
Mr. Papa lost his battle with PCa 3 years ago in June 2009. Renamed in honor of Mr. Papa’s memory and his dedication to PCa causes, the Gary Papa Run PCa fundraising event is sponsored by Prostate Health International. Although PHI is not yet listed among the 5000+ charities evaluated & rated on www.CharityNavigator.org (a free website offering an independent guide to informed charitable giving), PHI states its mission as a dedication to promoting PCa awareness, education and research.

For those who are able, giving charitably to worthy causes, either financially or with your time (or both time and $$), is better than receiving. Whether a Survivor and/or a supporter, for me it’s the giving that makes you feel good and glad.

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