Local Vietnam Veteran Urging Education Ahead of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

August 17, 2016

“This One’s for the Boys and Girls!” 5K charity event to promote awareness and raise funds during Prostate and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Months

LAS VEGAS – August 17, 2016 – Joseph Konicek spent years serving in the United States Marine Corps, fighting for his country in Vietnam. He had no idea that the fight of his life was still ahead of him.

“I went in for a round of blood tests at the VA, and was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was shocked, because I never even knew about the symptoms,” said Konicek.

The 66-year-old was referred to 21st Century Oncology of Las Vegas and Tam Nguyen, M.D. for radiation treatment. He’s now on the mend, but he wants to begin raising awareness among other men.

“You see advertisements and news stories on television urging women to check for breast cancer, and the symptoms are spelled out. That’s not the case with men. People just aren’t educated on prostate cancer,” said Konicek.

The 21st Century C.A.R.E. foundation will be helping Konicek raise awareness with its annual “This One’s for the Boys and Girls” 5K charity event in honor of Prostate and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Months, both observed in September. Runners, walkers and volunteers will gather to promote the importance of prostate cancer screenings and ovarian cancer awareness, providing support for those affected by the diseases.

“This One’s for the Boys and Girls” will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the University of Las Vegas Track and Field Stadium. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the cost is $25 to register online or $30 the day of the event. The race begins at 9 a.m. The first 200 participants will receive a free event t-shirt.

Prostate cancer is the nation’s second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men; however, it is treatable when caught early. Ovarian cancer has claimed just under 15,000 lives in 2015.

21st Century C.A.R.E. is partnering with Cancer Train for this event, and all proceeds will remain the community to help cancer patients with screenings, education and transportation. The community sponsors include: Bayer & Cleveland Clinic, Women’s Health Associates of Southern Nevada, Varian, Jerry’s Nugget Casino, Sunrise Hospital & Children’s Center, Henderson Hyundai, Summerlin Hospital and 21st Century Oncology of Las Vegas. Also "Big D” from 93.1 The Party will be the emcee, providing music for the attendees.

Participants can register at www.21stCenturyCARE.org by credit card, or on the day of the event with cash or personal checks only.

About the 21st Century C.A.R.E. Foundation:

Started in 1996, the mission of this nonprofit charitable foundation for Cancer Assistance, Research & Education is to provide financial aid to cancer patients in need and deliver cancer education at the community level to patients, care providers and the general public. The organization realizes this goal by conducting cancer screenings, facilitating support groups and contributing to vital cancer research. Throughout the year, 21st Century C.A.R.E. visits communities across the country to conduct a number of screening programs, including for skin, colorectal and prostate cancers. 21st Century C.A.R.E. is most well-known for its financial assistance program that provides help for cancer patients through basic expenses such as transportation to appointments, groceries, medical supplies, temporary housing and childcare. The Foundation’s belief is that by not having to worry about these necessities, cancer patients can concentrate on what is really important – beating their disease.

A history of the organization and a list of upcoming and past events can also be found at www.21stCenturyCARE.org.

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