Long Island, NY - March 6th, 2013 - Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure is pleased to announce Winthrop-University Hospital as the newest partner to participate in the not-for-profit organization's September car show. The partnership is rooted in each organization’s goal to increase public awareness and education about prostate cancer. Over the past seven years the car show has provided more than 1,600 free on-site PSA tests for the early detection of prostate cancer. On Sunday, September 8, Winthrop-University Hospital will be providing free screening tests to men attending the Eighth Annual Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show. The show will be held in Hicksville, at the Sears Auto Center parking lot and is expected to have over 600 cars and 3,500 attendees. Over 2,400 people attended the 2012 show to see more than 500 cars and other vehicles exhibited.
Winthrop-University Hospital has joined with the show’s producers to provide valuable support and to conduct the PSA testing at the next show. In addition, representatives from the hospital will be on site to provide educational programs about prostate cancer and other topics. At last year’s show, 306 men took advantage of the PSA screening tests. 22 men tested had elevated readings and were referred to their physicians for follow-up.
"The Department of Urology is pleased to take part in this important program. PSA testing has saved many lives, and we at Winthrop are dedicated to giving men and their families the best in health care," states Dr. Aaron E. Katz, Chairman of Urology at Winthrop -University Hospital and author of The Definitive Guide to Prostate Cancer. Dr. Katz is also the host Katz’s Corner radio show aired every Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. on 77 WABC - AM 770.
The proceeds from the car show support PSA screening test programs and prostate cancer research. In 2012 alone $20,000 was donated to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for scientific research.
"Our show and our efforts are focused on educating men about prostate cancer and PSA screening tests, funding research and offering support for men diagnosed with the disease. Our event is more than a car show, it includes many activities for families and is the ideal venue to get our message out and provide hundreds of free PSA tests. Winthrop-University Hospital will be a valuable partner in our efforts and we are looking forward to the hospital’s participation and support," said Sandy Kane, prostate cancer survivor and Chair/Founder of Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure.
The Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show is one of the region’s largest car shows. In addition to over 500 cars and trucks the show includes music, food and a variety of other vendors and sponsor booths. The popular Kids Fun Zone and Doo Wop entertainment will return, and other family friendly activities will be added making the 2013 even larger and better.
For more information about Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure, visit licruizinforacure.com or call 1-888-LICRUIZ. To see great photos of cars from past shows, visit the Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Facebook Page or Flickr Page.