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Tearin' It Up at the Talladega Half-Marathon!

Monday, September 10, 2012

By Joe Bluestein, Sirote attorney

If you're looking to tear up the Talladega Superspeedway – and help provide life-saving cancer screenings for Alabamians – then the events happening next weekend to support the Urology Health Foundation are for you!

There's a full slate of activities happening this week, including:

  • Book signing events with Olympian and prostate cancer survivor Bill Rogers, four-time winner of the Boston Marathon.
  • A Survivors Breakfast for patients and families who have battled prostate cancer.
  • Kid's Zone activities for the whole family.
  • A one-mile Fun Run/Walk for survivors and their families.
  • And – of course! – the half-marathon and 5K Lap Around the Track at the Superspeedway. Participants will run on the track apron, through the grandstands, and around the grounds of the track. And every runner with get their photo taken on Victory Lane!

If you'd like to be part of the race activities, you can sign up through this Tuesday, Sept. 11, at active.com.

I've known Birmingham physician Dr. Thomas Moody, founder of the Urology Health Foundation (UHF), for many years through personal, business and professional dealings. I've also had the pleasure of serving as the attorney and enthusiastic supporter of Urology Health Foundation during that time.

And I know that Sirote Supports is proud to support the work of the UHF as it provides free prostate cancer screenings for men across Alabama. The UHF was founded in 2006 by Dr. Moody. Its mission focuses on raising public awareness about prostate cancer and providing statewide free screenings.

Alabama received an “F” from the National Prostate Cancer Coalition as it graded states on how they were dealing with prostate cancer. “That grade really bugged me,” Dr. Moody said in a recent WebMD interview. “I immediately saw it as an opportunity and an obligation.” Dr. Moody and other UHF volunteers have spent thousands of hours providing patient screenings and physician education to increase Alabama's survival rates for prostate cancer patients.

Since 2007, UHF has screened more than 3,700 men across the state using simple blood tests to spot the early signs of prostate cancer. Because of these screenings, thousands of men have received treatment and gone on to live lives free of prostate cancer.

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