Thanks A Million!
Tulane Cancer Center would like to thank the sponsors, participants, volunteers and planning committee members involved in the success of the Sixth Annual One Man Shoot Sporting Clays Fundraiser, held recently in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Approximately 260 shooters participated in the competitive sporting clays event, which raised abut $130,000 for Dr. Oliver Sartor's Prostate Cancer Research Fund. This year's total brings the cumulative six-year impact of the Shoot to over $1 million!
"The importance of these funds, which are vital to our research progress, simply cannot be overestimated," said Dr. Sartor. "Neither can my gratitude. It takes months of teamwork and camaraderie to put this incredible event together each year, and I am continually in awe of the commitment and overwhelming generosity of everyone involved. What a milestone! What an accomplishment! What a team!"
The Shoot was started in 2011 by Connie Mack Boykin, one of Dr. Sartor's patients. It is now held in his memory. "There are some who would say that on October 10, 2013, our co-founder lost his long battle with prostate cancer. To them we say Connie Mack's battle is not over," said Randy Hays, one of the planning committee leaders and Connie Mack's lifelong best friend. "His battle was not about beating cancer for himself. It was about preventing others from having to fight the same fight. We all miss him deeply, but we take comfort in knowing his fight goes on through us. With each Shoot, each novel discovery, each new treatment method and eventually a cure, we will see his battle won."
One thing that Connie Mack was extremely passionate about was PSA testing for the early detection of prostate cancer. That's why Tulane Cancer Center offers complimentary PSA blood tests at the event each year. PSA - or prostate-specific antigen - is a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland. The test measures the level of PSA in the blood. It is normal for men to have low levels; however, prostate cancer or benign (non-cancerous) conditions can increase PSA levels. This year, over 90 participants rolled up their sleeves and were tested at the Shoot.
Gunning for a Cure 2017 Meets Milestone
The 2017 Gunning for a Cure Sporting Clays Fundraiser was a huge success, thanks to the planning committee members, donors and volunteers! This year's event brought the group's cumulative total raised for Tulane's Prostate Cancer Research Fund to over $500,000! Our deepest thanks to the Perez family and friends and to all who supported this incredibly meaningful day!
Mark your calendars now for the 5th Annual Gunning for a Cure event, scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018. For more information, call 504-919-7474 or visit www.gunningforacure.com.