A committed group of people dedicated to stamping out a disease that effects young men in there prime. Worthy of your support.
The sad truth is that not enough people know about testicular cancer. Early detection can be life saving, yet many men don't even know what to look for. Thankfully, ITCF and JRSF have started a movement to change this. My family's relationship with the foundations began in 2012 when my family was looking for answers about testicular cancer following a diagnosis of TC. ITCF and JRSF went above and beyond. Not only did we get the medical answers we were looking for, but we also received support, encouragement, and friendship from the kind people at ITCF. They truly have a passion for spreading the word and touching as many people as possible.
Helping bring awareness of the importance of early detection.
The Joshua Ray Smallwood Foundation d/b/a International Testicular Cancer Foundation has been such a joy to be part of. I have been with the board since its inception and the things we have accomplished in such a short time is nothing short of unbelievable. Our awareness campaign, Let's Give the Boys a Hand, has reached out to tens of thousands of individuals to spread the word about Testicular Cancer. TC is the most curable form of cancer if caught early and our awareness efforts are well on their way to start a cultural shift and making this form of cancer a daily topic for young men throughout the world and virtually eradicate this form of cancer. I can not think of a better organization to be a part of.
The passion & heartfelt drive the members of this foundation far exceeds that of the normal human being. Pushing beyond the money woes, the pitfalls, & lack of the publics knowledge of the importance of this issue, this foundation tirelessly plows forward to expand their base, inform the next generation & capitalize on every dollar that is spent to further the cause. It is because of the overwhelming spirit this foundation possesses that keeps individuals like me from getting bitter about the status of the world we live in.
I am very grateful for the Joshua Ray Smallwood Foundation. I have 2 sons ages 25 and 35,that are now very aware of the fact that they need to check themselves and to always be aware of any changes. I thank the Smallwood family for all of their dedication and hard work to keep this foundation going. Young men can save themselves and spare their family and friends the heartache of losing a presious person in their lives. Please keep this foundation going strong!!! Sincerely,Donna Benzel
JRSF is moving mountains through its awareness campaign, "Let's Give the Boys a Hand"! Through education and the teaching of self examination, lives have been saved and the awareness continues to spread. 2013 is already looking to be an exciting and promising year for this foundation and I am grateful to be a part of it.
JRSF is a major breakthrough for raising awareness through our National Awareness Campaign to ensure that EVERY young man is aware of testicular cancer and the need for routine self-examination. Through creative messages, events and education we are reaching young men (15-35) across the world. Our organization is partnering with the medical community to share information and to formulate strategies that will benefit those that have been diagnosed. We are commited to "Changing Culture".
This foundation has taken something as taboo as testicular cancer and made it safe to talk about. Their campaign is non threatening while staying informative and helpful. Their bracelets take something heavy and make it light enough for teens to share with their friends, but they don't leave it there. They don't just hand out wristbands and walk away. They are truly there to not only inform but just as importantly to support.
Testicular Cancer is taking young men from us unnecessarily and tearing apart families. We have been helping the girls learn to fight breast cancer successfully for years...now it's time to help "the boys'. Please join with us in this important mission.
JRSF began as a vehicle to share information relative to Testicular Cancer. It is our family's hope that we can help prevent another senseless loss of a son, brother, nephew, etc to this typically curable disease. By way of a diverse, talented Board of Directors, experienced leadership, and an energetic volunteer base, JRSF has grown well beyond our original vision. JRSF, through it's subsidiary the International Testicular Cancer Foundation, and ITCF's awareness campaign Let's Give the Boys a Hand, has developed messages and teaching material that resonate with the target audience. 'Don't be a Punk, Check your Junk'...'Get your jewels appraised" for example, with many others. Energy, Passion, Personality - driven to reach EVERY young man on the planet - we consider the topic to be where Breast Cancer was 30 years ago - in the closet, and we're bringing it out into the open. As we grow, our mission evolves - we strive to become THE global web-based resource for all those affected; the afflicted, the caregivers, the families and friends - to give them all the information and resources they could possibly need in order to give their loved one the best chance to beat this terrible disease. TC typically strikes 'invincible' young men; cancer is for 'old people'.....we're out to change this thinking. It's cultural change we seek through our Awareness Campaign, and we work fervently to share information with the young men 'in the fight'
3 words best describe the JRSF......Passion, Energy and Personality. Through platforms like the Dew Tour, the organization has been able to reach a large number of young people in a very interactive way, in a short amount of time and create a conversation on a subject many teenagers and adults have a hard time talking about. But it's that conversation that can save a young persons life. Many of the professional athletes from the Dew Tour have reached out to say "I want to help" and proudly where The Boys sticker on their helmets during competition. This organization has the Passion to educate, Energy to persevere and Personality you'll love.
The JRSF foundation is a fantastic organization aimed at raising awareness for testicular cancer through their affiliate organizations, the International Testicular Cancer Foundation (ITCF) and the awareness campaign "Let's Give the Boys a Hand" (also known as www.theboys.org). TC is the most preventable form of cancer, and with education and awareness we can save lives!
With much enthusiasm, the Joshua Ray Smallwood Foundation is changing and saving lives with empowering educational testicular prevention seminars in our local schools! Also, we are joining other volunteer organizations like Rotary International to reach out and share a wealth of information in our communities! -Steven D. Koobatian, Ph.D.