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Striking Out Prostate Cancer With Major League Baseball


Striking Out Prostate Cancer With Major League Baseball

Ben Maloney

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) held its annual New York Dinner at The Pierre hotel on December 2nd. The dinner honoured the 20th Season the Prostate Cancer Foundation has partnered with Major League Baseball and its team owners for the PCF Homerun Challenge, with Baseball Hall of Fame Managers Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda and Tony La Russa in attendance. The PCF also presented an award to David Cohen of Comcast, recognizing his philanthropic endeavors on behalf of PCF’s Philadelphia partners in funding groundbreaking research.

The PCF is a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions. The event raised more than $6 million to support groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.

The Home Run Challenge initiative was formed with two major goals in mind. The first was to increase awareness for the early detection of prostate cancer, and the second was to support research to find a cure. Since the inception of the Home Run Challenge in 1997, the initiative has raised nearly $45 million for prostate cancer research.

The annual dinner was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and John O’Hurley, who welcomed attendees to the event before introducing PCF Chairman and Founder Michael Milken. Milken started the dinner by recognizing the work being done at the Charles Evans Foundation with the PCF Pro-Am Tour, a fundraiser hosted in conjunction with the Charles Evans Foundation where high-profile amateurs are paired with tennis professionals in different events around the country. 

Event host John O’Hurley then introduced Prostate Cancer Foundation CEO and President Dr. Jonathan Simons who spoke about how PCF has been instrumental in funding extraordinary young scientists with multiple year grants. The work being done at the foundation has saved lives and provided better treatments for prostate cancer patients worldwide. Some of the research has even been beneficial for treating other forms of cancer, such as those found in women and children.

To learn more about the PCF or how to get involved, visit the website here