I had surgery for prostate cancer in 2006. The foundation was there for me. They have provided the support and resources I needed to weather the storm and make the decisions that needed to be made.
The ongoing support and meeting with other guys in the same situation has be invaluable in dealing with the treatment and life after cancer.
By attending meetings I have learned I am not alone in the fight against prostate cancer.
We all have our doubts and insecurities about our situation, but to be able to share with and learn from others is a great and valuable experience.
I have also received a great education in the treatment and management of this disease from a caring cadre of our local personnel as well as from outside speakers.
Following prostate cancer treatment, I attended several evening meetings graciously hosted by Angela Clark. Presentations given by experts in the field of cancer treatment, recovery and prevention were in every instance very interesting and educational.
The Urology Research and Education Foundation is doing a remarcable service for the community of cancer survivors.
PROSTATE-CANCER FREE FOR SIXTEEN YEARS AND COUNTING. THESE SESSIONS HAVE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN MY SUCCESS.
I have participated as a volunteer on many occasions with Dadfest, the prostate cancer support group and also helped in the office. I have seen first hand our important their work is with helping prostate cancer survivors in the support group, seeing the peace that comes when a man newly diagnosed with prostate cancer gets to talk to someone who has been through it. I've seen the free prostate cancer screenings and the passion that the volunteers and doctors have for serving men in the community.
This active organization has been in existence for 10 years providing support for prostate cancer survivors, promoting community based, focused risk assessment for prostate cancer and advocating a healthy lifestyle and early detection.
Board members and volunteers have personal connections to the cause of Men's Health and a passion for community service. Among the projects funded by the foundation are original research in the field of cancer detection by ultrasound and invited speakers on topics of interest to the population at risk.
As a urologist treating prostate cancer for 25 years, I remain impressed by the dedication of those who survive prostate cancer to help enlighten other men and their families. This foundation helps provide the information and resources necessary to ultimately make all men survivors and not victims.
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UREF is vigorously pursing its educational mission related to Prostate cancer awareness, education and support are the focus of UREF's mission in education. The mission is accomplished through information on the UREE website, participation in health fairs, providing an annual free prostate cancer screening, and conducting a monthly support group for prostate cancer survivors and their spouses. UREF's signature event is the annual Dadfest that reaches out to the Dallas/Ft Worth community to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the importance of a healthy lifestyle to men's overall health. Another very important mission is research. With the internationally leadership of Urologist-Oncologist Dr. Pat Fox Fulgham, UREF has participated in research to attempt to identify markers in prostate biopsy tissue that would identify men who are at risk for recurrence prior to treatment. This small organization is very productive thanks to their volunteers and a dedicated board.
I have attended meetings of this organization ever since my husband was treated for prostate cancer. A great organization that keeps survivors up-to-date by offering well organized monthly meetings with an interesting mix of speakers and subjects.
The organization is also actively involved in prostate cancer awareness and screening: a yearly golf tournament and a 5K run (at DadFest, together with family fun events and screening).
This all is topped by funding research.
UREF is a member of the North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition (NTxPCC), building a powerful group for prostate cancer in the area.