Americans Prepare to Host Inaugural Aware Down There’ Night
Kennewick, WA – The Tri-City Americans, in partnership with Abadan and the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, are preparing to host the team’s inaugural Shaun Vey ‘Aware Down There’ Night as part of their 2013 ‘Mo’vember plans to raise awareness for male cancers this month.
A five-year WHL veteran, with nearly four of those years in Tri-City, Shaun was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in February of 2013. After discovering an abnormality following a men’s league hockey game, Shaun’s wife, Robyn, encouraged him to go to the doctor. Following several tests, the diagnosis was confirmed and Shaun was treated. Now cancer-free, Shaun has become a strong voice for the need to increase awareness for male cancers, with his Relay For Life team in Saskatoon raising nearly $15,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society this summer.
“Listen up men! You have to check yourself. If you wait until you feel sick, it is most likely late stage, which limits treatment options,” explained Vey. “It is OK to talk about it. This is the message I want people to take away…men need to talk about this disease and I want to use my experience to help people and to raise awareness.”
On Friday, November 15 vs. the Regina Pats, the former Americans’ forward will return to the Toyota Center to help raise awareness for male cancers and funds for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation. Shaun will take part in a special ceremonial puck drop, then will meet with fans on the concourse. While on the concourse, fans can take mustache-themed photos at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Photo Booth in exchange for a donation to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation, or purchase a raffle ticket for one of several great gift baskets, which will include autographed Americans’ memorabilia and game tickets. Additionally, fans looking to attend the game can purchase discounted tickets through the Tri-Cities Cancer Center office. Tickets purchased from the Tri-Cities Cancer Center office will have a portion of the ticket price donated back to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation by the Americans.
“It’s great to see both Shaun and the Americans’ organization bringing awareness to Testicular Cancer and we are thrilled to, once again, partner with the Tri-City Americans for Shaun Vey’s Aware Down There Night,” stated Elizabeth McLaughlin, Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation Director. “Being aware of symptoms aids in an early diagnosis and can dramatically increase a person’s chance of beating this disease. Shaun and the Americans’ efforts will help save lives and we are so grateful for their support.”
On Thursday, November 14, Shaun will be touring the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, located off W. Deschutes Ave. in Kennewick. Then, as an additional fundraiser for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation, Shaun and several current Americans players will be visiting all three Mid-Columbia Papa John’s locations from 6:00-7:30pm. During that time, Papa John’s will donate 20% from all orders received, including online, by phone or in-store orders, to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation in support of Shaun Vey’s Aware Down There campaign.
“When I first found out about Shaun’s situation, I was stunned, given his young age,” said Dan Mulhausen, VP of Business Operations and Marketing Communications for the Tri-City Americans. “I wasn’t sure how to proceed, but I knew, as an organization, we had to help. We are proud of Shaun for being willing to push against convention by sharing his experiences and we are happy to provide him a platform in which to share his message.”
The November 15th game is proudly presented by Abadan, 97 Rock, KEPR-TV and the Tri-City Herald. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center. Tickets for all Americans games can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets, including all Fred Meyer outlets, the Toyota Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
About Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 35. It starts as an abnormal growth or tumor that develops in one or both testicles. It is a highly treatable type of cancer with a very good cure rate (about 95%) if found and treated early.
• 7,920 new cases of testicular cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2013.
• Because treatment is so successful, the risk of dying from this cancer is very low: about 1 in 5,000.
• 370 men will die from testicular cancer in 2013.
• A man’s lifetime chance of having testicular cancer is about 1 in 270.
About Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation
The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation is a local 501(c) 3 charitable organization which supports the needs of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. Donations made to the Foundation stay in our community and provide resources for patient-focused support services. The Foundation strives to fund programs offered by the Cancer Center to assist patients and families in dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. Services are offered at no-cost, which highlights the need for community support.
The staff and leadership of the Foundation are committed to be good stewards of your donations and your trust. For information regarding the Foundation’s stewardship please visit our information on Guidestar.
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