Fighting Prostate Cancer Together

2001 Annual Report

Florida Prostate Cancer Network

formerly Florida Cancer Education Network


The Many






M E S S A G E   F R O M   T H E   C H A I R M A N

To Our Valued Supporters and Friends,

I am pleased to write to you, marking the end of our fiscal year, 2001. During the course of this year, we have made many gains in the fight against prostate cancer. Most noticeably, we have changed our name from Florida Cancer Education Network, Inc. to Florida Prostate Cancer Network, Inc. It is our mission to focus solely on promoting support, information and legislation about prostate cancer in Florida. Therefore, we have changed our name to reflect this effort. Together with the Board, we decided that it was time we put a face on prostate cancer and show that it is a disease that affects many, many men of all ages and races.


This past year was a great year in getting the word out about early detection. In February, nearly 1,200 people attended our second African American Menís Health Forum. Fifty-one of these attendees had abnormal prostate screenings and didnít have any idea! This type of early detection is what FPCN is all about. We know that it can save lives.


Our annual Gala also had more than 700 people in attendance. At this June event, we honored Ted Couch with the General Schwarzkopf Pioneer in Prostate Cancer Award ó another face that the public can associate with prostate cancer and the importance of early detection.


FPCN received a grant from USF Area Health Education Center, established the Jack Romano Menís Cancer Research Fund, distributed over 10,000 copies of the Prostate Cancer Resource Directory, and our Speakerís Bureau spoke to more than 60 groups and exhibited at numerous health fairs.


We are also proud to have submitted legislation to the House and Senate to have a government program that promotes the awareness of prostate cancer and early detection. With the high incidence of prostate cancer in Florida, a program of this kind is a must for our state.


With all of this impressive work behind us, we are ready to make 2002 an even better year! In 2002, we are launching our Membership Program, which will help us put faces to the commitment to fight prostate cancer. We hope to have a mobile unit in 2002, which will allow us to travel to different areas to conduct screenings. In addition to our annual Gala, we will also host a Father-Son golf outing and the Florida Prostate Cancer Symposium will be held May 3 -4, 2002.

Thank you for all of your support.




Robert J. Samuels
Chairman and CEO


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