Fight against cancer enters Vegas
Bat for the Cure to provide mobile testing sites at Meetings
Ed Randall is a proud survivor of prostate cancer and a man who's doing his best to make people aware about this all-too-common form of a deadly disease.
The veteran baseball broadcaster's Bat for the Cure Prostate Cancer Foundation (www.erbatforthecure.org) will be on hand at this week's Winter Meetings in Las Vegas to provide complimentary Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) tests for the entire baseball community.
"Our aim in all our efforts is to get men, especially those over 40, on the road to early detection," Randall says. "Early detection can then lead to proper treatment, and someone's friend, brother, son, uncle, father, or grandfather will have been saved, and ready to enjoy their lives, and baseball, and for many years to come."
In collaboration with Minor League Baseball and "Zero -- The Project to End Prostate Cancer," Randall's foundation will be providing a mobile testing unit to administer the on-site blood tests, and the local chapter of UsToo and the Las Vegas 51s will also provide volunteers to staff the unit, which will be available on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. The mobile testing unit is located in booth #1354 at the Trade Show, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
This season, Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure Prostate Cancer Foundation hosted Prostate Cancer Awareness Nights in 71 Minor League ballparks in 33 states and will be expanding its program to include more than 100 clubs in 2009.
The foundation held a similar testing drive on Aug. 26 in the parking lot of the Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field prior to a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. They partnered with the eventual American League champions and the Moffett Cancer Center to provide PSA blood tests, and approximately 400 men responded to the offer. Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure Prostate Cancer Foundation extends this opportunity to all to further the foundation's accomplishments.
Randall's foundation and its affiliation with baseball is yet another example of how the national pastime is fighting the ongoing battle against all forms of cancer.
Earlier this year, Major League Baseball became the first major donor to Stand Up To Cancer (www.standup2cancer.org), which raises funds to accelerate ground-breaking research that will get new therapies to patients quicker with an initial contribution of $10 million.
And, to continue Stand Up To Cancer's innovative approach to research, which is designed to eliminate barriers that have traditionally inhibited creativity and collaboration by enabling the best and brightest scientists from leading institutions in the United States and around the world to work together on "Dream Teams," MLB is already at work on a variety of innovative projects.
The latest is the new song, "Hope," performed by multiple Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel in support of Stand Up To Cancer.
The song, written by acclaimed composer Paul Hampton, represents the first of what will be a series of multi-platform initiatives surrounding this signature title song for important and inspiring efforts throughout the industry.
"Hope" is available for purchase and download through iTunes and other online retailers, and proceeds from the sale of the track, which was produced by Steve Lipson (Annie Lennox, Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney), benefit Stand Up To Cancer.
"Cancer is a horrible thing," Menzel says.
"But we're finding a way to rise above and find the strength in us all in order to deal with it and fight it as best we can."
Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.