KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UT MEDICAL CENTER/WVLT) -- Help fight cancer and meet football legend Phillip Fulmer at the second annual THE MAN RIDE for Prostate Cancer Awareness Saturday, August 13 at 11 a.m.
Greg Ladd, a prostate cancer survivor and motorcycle rider, came in to our studios this morning to talk about the event.
The ride starts and ends at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville. Organized by The University of Tennessee Medical Center and Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, the motorcycle ride was created to increase awareness of this serious disease in an effort to save lives.
“It is staggering that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime,” said Dr. Fred Klein, a urologist at UT Medical Center. “THE MAN RIDE for Prostate Cancer Awareness provides an opportunity for motorcycle enthusiasts to go on a great ride while also fighting prostate cancer. We want families throughout our community to know early detection is key to surviving prostate cancer. In fact, nine out of 10 men diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer who receive and follow proper treatment can go on to live a healthy life.”
Register for THE MAN RIDE at www.utmedicalcenter.org/themanride. For more information about the event call (865) 305-6970. Pre-registering by August 6 guarantees riders a commemorative THE MAN RIDE t-shirt as well as lunch at “The Shed,” the popular eatery located at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. Pre-registration cost is $25 for a single rider and $40 per pair. An upgrade option is available to be a “Platinum Rider,” which includes riding up front near Coach Fulmer, a photo with the coach, a commemorative THE MAN RIDE t-shirt and lunch at “The Shed.” Platinum level pre-registration cost is $45 for a single rider and $60 per pair.
In conjunction with the ride, Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and the UT Medical Center Cancer Institute are sponsoring a free prostate cancer screening event for men on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. The free screenings include a digital rectal exam and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Registration is required for the free screenings by calling (865) 305-6970. Additional sponsorship for THE MAN RIDE for Prostate Cancer Awareness is provided by Southern Biker Magazine.
“We’re so thankful to Coach Fulmer, Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, Southern Biker Magazine, Blount County law enforcement officers and the Dixie Iron-Riders for donating their time and efforts to support the 2nd Annual The Man Ride and make it a fun and safe ride,” said Bob Spining, a prostate cancer survivor and event chair. “Our ride last year was a huge success and I know riders will once again enjoy talking with the coach, enjoying the first class facilities at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and appreciating the beautiful ride course.”
More than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately 33,700 men will die from the disease this year. Early detection through methods such as prostate cancer screenings is crucial to boosting survival rates. For more information about prostate cancer, visit www.utmedicalcenter.org. For more information about Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, visit www.smh-d.com. For more information about Southern Biker Magazine, visit www.southernbiker.us.
The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 581-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online at www.utmedicalcenter.org