Media Advisory: Car Show, Screening Event at Roswell Park to Benefit MAN UP Prostate Cancer Survivor Group

Second annual Cruisin’ for a Cure car show comes to RPCI campus September 22
Thursday, September 6, 2012

WHAT:           Prostate cancer has a disproportional impact on African-American men, who are 1.5 times more likely to develop prostate cancer and 2-3 times more likely to die of the disease than white men. Prostate cancer is also the most-diagnosed cancer in Hispanic men.

Early detection and education can significantly reduce those disparities. To draw attention to prostate cancer risk factors and the importance of testing for this disease — particularly among high-risk groups like African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) will host Cruisin’ for a Cure, a car show and screening event. All proceeds will be donated to MAN UP, Minorities Allied for the Need to Understand Prostate Cancer, an RPCI-affiliated group committed to helping men of color make informed decisions about prostate-cancer screening, treatment and survivorship. 

The day will feature music, door prizes, raffles and food vendors. Free prostate cancer education and screening will be offered for all men 40 years and older. Vehicles and clubs welcome. The car show is open to all special vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles; cost $10 per vehicle registration. Awards to be presented.

WHEN:           Saturday, September 22, 10am–4pm; prostate cancer screening available noon to 2pm

WHERE:         Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo

NOTES:          Prostate cancer education will be provided before screenings are conducted. Preregistration encouraged: register online at manupbuffalo.org or call 716-845-8641.

Parking available in RPCI parking ramp on Carlton Street; enter from Michigan Ave., as parts of Elm and Carlton streets will not be accessible.

Painters in the Park will be happening the same day in Kaminski Park, also on the Roswell Park campus. This “paint-out” event is not related to Cruisin’ for a Cure, but media outlets are welcome. Details: http://www.roswellpark.org/giving/donate/adopt-art/painters-park

Onsite media contacts: Annie Deck-Miller, 716-602-5817; Terry Alford, 716-510-0941

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org