Released on: October 27, 2008, 7:08 am

Press Release Author: Tara Goodin

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: Hundreds Lend Support to National Effort

Press Release Body: CELEBRATION, Fla. - This year, the town of Celebration is
joining a national effort in the fight against prostate cancer. On Sunday, November
9 at 7:30 a.m., the Florida Hospital Celebration Health Founders Day 5K/10K kicks
off. This event, which begins at Florida Hospital Celebration Health and winds
through the charming town of Celebration, is part of the Prostate Cancer Education
Council's (PCEC) national PACE Race Series, which helps to educate men and their
families on the importance of early detection.

"This year prostate cancer is expected to claim the lives of more than 2,500 men in
Florida alone. Many of these deaths could be avoided through annual screenings,
which helps men catch their disease in its early stages when it is most treatable,"
said Jon Hughes, Race Director. "By joining the PACE Race Series, we are able to
help reach the men in our community with information that can save their lives."

The race asks men and women of all ages - including runners and walkers at all
fitness levels - to join the fight by participating in a 10K run/walk, 5K run/walk
or the Disney Children's Hospital Way Cool Kids' Run. The winners of the 10K PACE
Masters component (for runners over 40-years-old) will receive a portion of the
$1,250 prize purse, sponsored by the PACE Race. Additionally, as part of their
efforts to raise greater prostate cancer awareness in Celebration, the PCEC will
also provide gift bags for race participants. Following this year's race,
participants can also visit Florida Hospital Celebration Health's fair, which will
include educational booths where people can talk to a doctor and pick up
informational materials on prostate cancer and other health areas.

"Raising awareness about prostate cancer is extremely important to us, as the
disease currently affects more than 2 million American men," said Wendy Poage,
President, Prostate Cancer Education Council. "With races throughout the country,
we have a real opportunity to touch men in all walks of life and educate them, and
their families, about this devastating disease."

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, other than skin cancers, in American men.
With a one in six lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer, estimates for 2008
indicate that more than 186,000 men will be diagnosed in the United States, and
nearly 28,700 will die from the disease. The second leading cause of cancer death
in American men, behind only lung cancer, prostate cancer is often treatable if
detected early.

U.S. marathon legend Bill Rodgers, the national spokesperson for the PACE Race
Series and a prostate cancer survivor, cannot stress the importance of screenings
enough. "It is my hope that all men at risk for prostate cancer are screened for
this deadly disease. It's the best way to detect prostate cancer in its early
stages because there are no early warning signs or symptoms," he said. "Even though
I began running again only four months after my tumor was removed, I continue to
receive regular screenings and advise other men to do the same."

The PACE Race Series - sponsored by sanofi-aventis to benefit the PCEC - was
launched in 2002 to increase national awareness of prostate cancer. To learn more
about prostate cancer, the PACE Race Series or PCEC, please visit
www.prostateconditions.org. To register, run to www.TrackShack.com.

About the PACE Race Series
Men, women, families, friends and neighbors - at all fitness levels - are invited to
participate in the PACE Race Series. This 5K run/walk series was launched in 2002
by the PCEC to increase awareness of prostate cancer and to educate men and their
families on the importance of early detection. With events across the country, the
PACE Race Series has the ability to touch men and women of all walks of life. For
more information please visit www.pacerace.org.

About the Prostate Cancer Education Council
A national organization committed to men's health, the Prostate Cancer Education
Council (PCEC) is dedicated to saving lives through awareness and the education of
men, the women in their lives, as well as the medical community about prostate
cancer prevalence, the importance of early detection, and available treatment
options, as well as other men's health issues. The Council - comprised of a
consortium of leading physicians, health educators, scientists and prostate cancer
advocates - aims to conduct nation wide screenings for men and perform research that
will aid in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. More information is
available at www.prostateconditions.org.

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Web Site: http://www.prostateconditions.org

Contact Details: Tara Goodin

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