I am pleased to provide the October HotSheet and I have to say the cover story of the September announcement that another new treatment for advanced metastatic prostate cancer has been approved by the FDA really is positive news. Xtandi is now available and I appreciate all that Medivation and Astellas did to work for early access to this treatment.
I hope you have been active during September as it is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month! I appreciate those who have been, such as Shirlie Tucker who organized and conducted the successful September 8th Central Illinois SEA BLUE Prostate Cancer Walk to honor her husband, and Bill Palos who was the leader in the John Deere Classic Birdies for Charity event. Both activities benefited Us TOO and allows us to keep moving forward and continue being active.
I also want to thank all of you who turned out on September 16th for the 8th Annual Greater Chicago SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk & Run held in Chicago. We are still seeking contributions through the end of October which of course will help Us TOO and the Wellness Place provide education and support services at no charge or cost to the people dealing with prostate cancer. Please contribute today by going to the SEA Blue Walk & Run site at www.seablueprostatewalk.org.
I hope you were able to attend the new webinar on clinical trials which featured Dr. Tomasz Beer that Us TOO did with our friends at Zero and OncoGenx on September 19th. I attended it and found it to be very helpful. Find the webinar archive here.
As you know Us TOO also stepped up and added a new awareness event this year, first “Blues for prostate cancer Blue” benefit concert featured the Original Blues Brothers Band on Saturday evening September 22nd at the Park West here in Chicago. Thanks to all of you who supported these efforts and attended both events…both were powerful and uplifting.
As a special incentive, we are offering a free Blues Brothers event t-shirt to those who donate $25.00 to Us TOO and it can be found on the Us TOO website.
I also want to mention that on September 14th and 15th, the Us TOO Board of Directors met in Chicago giving members the opportunity to be present for the SEA Blue Walk & Run. The Board spent time planning our organization’s future, welcomed Bill Seidel from Fort Wayne to his first meeting and even elected another new Board member; Jeff Mills from Atlanta.
As we look forward, the Board and staff are now preparing for Us TOO Annual Board meeting on December 7th and 8th and our Fall and end of the year activities.
My best to you all,
President & CEO
Us TOO International
Downers Grove, IL 60655
Toll Free: 800-808-7866