Blue Ribbon Father’s Day
A thoughtful, meaningful and potentially life-saving gift this Father’s Day, June 19, is a handsome black woven leather wristband specially designed to raise awareness of prostate cancer and encourage early intervention. Proceeds from this wristband benefit Us TOO International, the oldest and largest non-profit prostate cancer organization. The organization believes the blue prostate cancer ribbon will become recognized as a badge of honor and solidarity as much as the pink ribbon is for breast cancer. The wristband can be adjusted to fit any size wrist and is appropriate for both men and women.
Hundreds of thousands of dads have been touched by prostate cancer and entire families and their friends are starting to wear the band in support of their battle. It is also a most appropriate gift for the spouse or family in memory of those fathers who lost the battle.
More men are diagnosed with prostate cancer than women with breast cancer. It is the second leading cause of death for men. Dad has a 50 percent risk of prostate cancer in his lifetime…60 percent for African-Americans. The risk is much higher if there is a family history. According to Thomas N. Kirk, Us TOO president and CEO, “We are committed to educating and empowering men to take better care of their health by creating public awareness to generate early detection when the disease is most often successfully treated and thus reducing the number of deaths. Peer-to-peer support and education are major efforts of our organization.”
Us TOO also provides free materials to help men and their families make informed choices on prostate cancer detection and treatment options. Founded in 1990 by prostate cancer survivors and their families who recognized that cancer affects ‘us, too,’ the grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit is headquartered in Illinois and works with 325 affiliated chapters worldwide.
Make it a blue ribbon Father’s Day.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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