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June 23, 2008
 
       
 

"Prosty the Spokesgland"
Goes to Washington


 

On Wednesday, we left the safe confines of DC's trauma centers for the dangerous grounds of the Cannon House Office Building on the Hill. AdMeTech, a Bethesda nonprofit that funds and administers research on life-threatening diseases, convened the meeting of 50 Congressional staffers to ask for more support of prostate cancer imaging. We barely made it through security (one camera is fine these days, but two gets you dirty looks).

 

AdMeTech President Faina Shtern with Rhino Films' Steve Nemeth. Faina crossed gender lines to ask on behalf of all men, "Where's our Mammogram?" She says there is no widely available imaging for prostate cancer, meaning 1.5 million biopsies had to be performed in 2007, even though they have side-effects such as impotence and still miss 20% of cancer cases.  Steve is a 2008 Academy Award nominee, for executive producing War/Dance. He's also the creator of the Prosty the Spokesgland, mascot for the effort to develop a "Manogram."

 

Sloan-Kettering's Larry Schwartz and Men's Health Network's Andrew Porter were also featured speakers. Contrary to our initial belief, Men's Health Network is not the Y chromosome response to WE: Television for Women. It's a coalition of health professionals committed to education. Andrew says his mother's successful battle with breast cancer demonstrated the gap between breast cancer and prostate cancer imaging. He also reminded us that June is Men's Health Month. Hope you didn't forget.

 

Working Lunch

U.S. Doctors for Africa founder Ted Alemayhu was also in town for the prostate cancer event but was wise enough to ditch the Hill for lunch at Brasserie Beck. In March, Ted won the Harriet Tubman Freedom Award for Outstanding Global Community Activism and Lifetime Achievement to Improve Health. That's quite a mouthful. But judging by the size of the bird on his plate, that's not a problem for Ted.

 

Looking "Fore" the Cure

Medical fundraisers often use four-letter-words: G-a-l-a and G-o-l-f. Keeping with the trend, Friday was the Drive Fore the Cure Golf Classic at Bretton Woods, benefiting the Washington Cancer Institute, and we decided to drop by the clubhouse. Washington Hospital Center's Dennis Boyle, Kristen Kofmehl, and SVP Arlene Snyder received a check from Four Seasons finance director Jay Nelliot whose team organized the event. Arlene's thoughts might have been on the giant check above her head but only because it will be used to increase the number of patients WCI has in advanced clinical trials. Arlene came to WCI two years ago from Pittsburgh but already knows she has a good friend in Four Seasons, whose tournaments have raked in over $450,000 for the Cancer Institute.


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