By Glory Weisberg
Prostate cancer treatment and research in the U.S. is in the shadows of other more highly promoted cancer diseases such as breast cancer, according to sources at the University of Colorado Cancer Center sources.
The reason may be that prostate cancer is embarrassing to address and men shy away from the so-called gloved-hand exam.
But now it’s time to focus on the illness and draft women to nag their men to see a physician for a prostate cancer checkup. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in American men.
It can’t be prevented yet but if caught in stage one the five-year survival rate is about 90 percent, again according to University of Colorado Cancer Center figures.
Sue Goss, Sharon Magness Blake and Gail Johnson
So along comes Sharon Magness Blake, the lady who’s known for her western outlook and amazing philanthropy, galloping in to bring prostate cancer out of the shadows and she got the idea after reading Villager Publisher Bob Sweeney’s column one day.
Magness Blake founded the annual ladies-only Save the Males dinner several years ago and the Sept. 17 event was co-chaired by buddies Sue Ellen Goss and Lisa Haselden and assisted by Gail Johnson.
Fundraising focuses on bags, women’s bags of all types, prices and sizes up for silent auction bid and the Ritz Carleton second floor foyer was belly-to-belly as 250 potential purse buyers circled the auction tables and some bidding battles got pretty hot. Is this an event founder and chairmen’s dream or what?
Lannie Garrett in her Patsy DeCline act
Lannie Garrett did her hilarious and racy Patsy DeCline Show after dinner as we noticed again, that girls laugh more when they’re out with other girls sans their guys.
Funds help provide funding for a patient navigator to guide men through the prostate cancer treatment process at the University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado Cancer Center Prostate Cancer Clinic. Info is at www.uch.edu/conditions/cancer/prostate-cancer.
Among event committee members were Lisa Cook, Michele Falivene, Janice Fritsch, Barb Reece, Suzan Schlatter, Phyllis Chrisman, Claudia Beauprez, Paula Arnold, Maureen Cannon and others who bought tables and seats to this annual must attend money magnet.
Michele Falivene eyed a great Kate Spade bag
Kaye Music and Ellen Stewart
“Bag Ladies” Renee Duncan and Lisa Haselden chaired the silent auction.
Christel Dikeman was about to devour a mini-burger offered by Lucy Sanchez. Photos by Glory Weisberg
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