Arnold Palmer, a prostate cancer survivor himself, is the programs honorary chairman and as such is intent upon settling the score with a disease that is the second leading cancer killer of American men. We must find a way to beat all forms of cancer, particularly cancer of the prostate, Palmer says. Join this campaign, see your doctor and get tested.
The novel Arnies Army Battles Prostate Cancer initiative that is committed to enlisting thousands of the nations golfers in the fight against the disease is partnered with CaP CURE, the Prostate Cancer Foundation. CaP CURE, the worlds largest private funder of prostate cancer research, has provided $120 million to underwrite over 1,000 medical research projects worldwide since its inception in 1993.
In spite of CaP CUREs efforts, prostate cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in America, with one new case occurring every three minutes. In 2003, 18 men will lose their battle with the disease in the time it takes to play a round of golf!
Through Palmers encouragement for clubs to facilitate a special one-day event that is built around a closest-to-the-pin contest on a designated par-3 hole at their golf course, the campaigns goal is to heighten awareness and raise research funds so that prostate cancer ultimately will be eliminated as a life-threatening illness. Each golfer makes a $20.00 contribution to participate in the contest. CaP CURE proudly reports that nearly 90 percent of the funds they receive go directly to research, as a foundation grant covers a majority of the organizations administrative expenses.
The Army began the battle in North Florida in the fall of 2002 with Palmers Bay Hill Golf Club, site of the PGA Tours Bay Hill Invitational, joining over 120 area golf and country clubs in the campaigns launch. It is anticipated that in 2003 thousands of clubs across the nation will enlist in this fight against prostate cancer. Arnies Army Battles Prostate Cancer is directed by The Wrenfield Group, which has headquarters in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Further details about the program may be obtained by calling (866) 586-5585 or by visiting www.arniesarmybattles.com