New donors help drive Combines for Cures

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The Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC) has introduced the newest sponsors for “Combines for Cures” — an initiative to bring prostate cancer awareness and screening to men in rural southern Alberta.

Monsanto Canada Inc., Bayer CropScience Inc., Penn West Exploration and W. Brett Wilson and his 50th Birthday Colleagues (the “Birthday Boys”) joined founding sponsor, Agrium Inc., each committing $300,000 over the next three years, bringing total donations to $1.5 million. A portion of those funds will go immediately to purchase a rural “Man Van,” a mobile testing unit dedicated to southern Alberta.

Calgary has the only mobile PSA testing unit in Canada and to date has tested 9,000 men.

In Alberta, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and an estimated eight men will die of prostate cancer each week.

The announcement was made at the unveiling of the new Combines for Cures Donor Wall at the PCC to recognize donors and friends of agriculture who have donated money and grain during the 2012 pilot project.

Combines for Cures was established to get men to take a simple blood test for the early detection of prostate cancer at mobile PSA blood testing clinics. It is an initiative of the PCC, a one-of-a kind success story with a mandate to provide excellence in prostate cancer education, diagnosis, treatment, awareness and research.

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