Combines for Cures
It is estimated that 2,500 men in Alberta will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this coming year. Prostate cancer will kill approximately eight men every week in Alberta.
With sponsorship from agribusiness, and in collaboration with rural doctors and nurses, and organizations, Alberta communities are coming together with Prostate Cancer Centre
(PCC) and Prostate Cancer Canada to launch Combines for Cures
™ pilot project in central Alberta (March, 2012). Through this initiative, PCC, Prostate Cancer Canada and its partners will work to improve rural health, one man at a time.
The Combines for Cures™ pilot project will reach the rural demographic with a mobile blood testing unit called a MAN VAN
™. This unit is staffed by Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC) staff and nurses and will be traveling throughout central Alberta on scheduled dates throughout March, 2012. The MAN VAN™ offers free on-the-spot baseline PSA blood testing at a variety of locations. Men will receive their results in the mail within a week of testing.
Combines for Cures is also designed to raise money to reach the goal of raising $2 million annually by 2015.Those dollars will help implement research and local education programs in the areas of prostate cancer awareness and treatment.
Rural farmers can help in the Combines for Cures fundraising as well by making a donation of grain to their local CPS Retail Outlet. All the monies raised from those pledges will go towards the purchase of a new MAN VAN used exclusively for rural communities.
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