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
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
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
Robert J. Samuels
Chairman and CEO