A car show may not be the first place to come to mind when thinking about where to get a prostate exam, but those attending Long Island’s annual “Cruzin for a Cure” will be able to get free screenings on September 14th, thanks to the ongoing efforts of event founder Sandy Kane and dozens of volunteers.
Kane, 72, a retired sales promotion business owner, got the idea for the event after seeing a report on the original “Cruzin for A Cure” car show featured on the show “Car Crazy” on Speed (on cable channel Velocity), while trying to come to terms with his own prostate cancer and subsequent surgery. The episode featured Debbie Baker of Lake Forest, CA, who founded the charity car show following her husband’s diagnosis of prostrate cancer in 1996. He died in 2009. According to Baker, her annual “Cruzin for A Cure” (held in Costa Mesa) is set up to provide free PSA tests for men over 40, with the blood drawn in special tents set up among the thousands of hotrods and muscle cars.
After seeing the program, Kane and his wife Lynn, a 3rd grade teacher in Jericho, were inspired to bring the idea east. He e-mailed Baker for permission to model his car show on her idea, and was granted the right to use the name “Cruzin for a Cure,” 9 years ago. Since then, approximately 2,000 men have been screened at the shows, resulting in about 82 possible prostate cancer cases.
Dr. Aaron Katz, chairman of the urology department at Winthrop University Hospital will supervise medical personnel taking the PSA tests at the car show. A written report is then sent to each individual tested.
According to government figures, the disease affects 1 out of every 6 men, and is expected to kill nearly 30,000 throughout the US this year alone.
This year, the show will be presented with the coveted Lee Iacocca Award in recognition of its“ dedication in perpetuating an American automotive tradition and outstanding individual merit through personal philanthropy,” during the noon flag ceremony.” The award is sponsored by Lee Iacocca and The Iaccoca Family Foundation, along with TEK Corporation.
The “Cruzin for a Cure” will be held at the Sears Auto Center, Rte 106/107, in Hicksville, NY from 9am-3pm. Admission is $5 (with kids under 12 free). For more information call 888 542-7849.