June is National Men’s Health Month, and prostate cancer is a health concern for men across the country.
According to the New York State Department of Health Cancer Registry, 329 men from the Finger Lakes region are diagnosed annually; 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
Blue is to prostate cancer as pink is to breast cancer. To honor those affected by prostate cancer in the Finger Lakes region — including military veterans — American Legion Riders collaborated with UR Medicine and Us Too Rochester to sponsor and organize the region’s first Blue Ribbon Ride, a fleet of vehicles for prostate cancer awareness.
The ride takes place on June 10. It will cover 125 miles of countryside across Alleghany, Livingston and Steuben counties, with a rest stops at American Legion posts along the way. Anyone concerned about prostate cancer — veterans and community members alike — is encouraged to join the ride. All vehicle types are welcome; however, this is not a bicycling event.
Registration is $25 for any vehicle and its driver, $20 for each passenger. A $5 discount is offered to those who register online. Registration includes breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Lima American Legion Post 282, 2475 state Route 65, Bloomfield, and a cookout dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 87 in Dansville.
The ride starts from the Bloomfield location with kickstands up at 11 a.m. There will be three rest stops along the route at American Legion posts in Sonyea, Wellsville and Hornell. A ceremony to honor prisoners of war and missing in action will be conducted at the start location.
Proceeds benefit prostate cancer patient programs provided by Us Too Rochester and the patient transportation fund at Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center in Dansville. Both are nonprofit organizations.
Representatives for Us Too Rochester and NYS Breast and Prostate Cancer Peer Education Project will discuss cancer screening, diagnosis and prostate cancer treatment options available throughout the event. Staff from Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville will provide information about the infusion center. Dietician Erika Zerkowski will speak about the importance of good nutrition in cancer care.
On-site registration is available. Goody bags do to the first 100 registrants. Raffles and door prizes are available. Online registration closes at 5 p.m. on June 7.
Call (585) 787-4011 or (585) 738-4642, email pfisher0317@gmail.com or alrdirector@nylegion.org or visit blueribbonevent.org or bit.ly/2k30A0c for information.