BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Mike Slive Foundation is helping bring the spotlight to the cause with several events and initiatives. They’ll be joined by Urology Centers of Alabama, a few sports personalities, coaches, and even UAB Football!
The Foundation will host its second annual “I’m With Mike” event on Thursday, September 27th. The event raises money for prostate cancer research. Television and radio personality and longtime friend of Slive Paul Finebaum will host the evening. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, Alabama Men’s Basketball Coach Avery Johnson, Auburn Men’s Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl, UAB Men’s Basketball Coach Rob Ehsan and others will also be in the audience.
The night includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction filled with items like a limited edition Mike Slive Foundation Maker’s Mark bourbon bottle, a seat at the table with the College Football Playoff Selection Committee for a Mock Selection, tickets to the SEC Championship Game, and the College Football Championship game, VIP behind-the-scenes experiences and more. “I’m With Mike” kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center. Tickets and more information can be found here.
The UAB Blazers are also teaming up with the Foundation for its September 29th home game against the Charlotte 49ers. The football team will recognize Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with an on-field check presentation to the Foundation during the game. Members of the UAB Athletics Foundation board have pledged $25,000 as a challenge gift to the Mike Slive Foundation and already surpassed that figure. Tickets for the game can be bought here.
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America and the fourth most common tumor diagnosed worldwide. In the United States, one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. For men of African descent, one in five men will develop the disease. This year alone, nearly 165,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 29,000 men will die from the disease.
Urology Centers of Alabama, P.C. has been operating for over 60 years across the state. Their physicians are committed to providing the highest quality medical services in a compassionate and caring environment. To find out more about the center or find a location near you, click here.
The Mike Slive Foundation endeavors to become a global leader in the fight to eradicate prostate cancer through public awareness and research funding in memory of Mike Slive, a transformative leader whose vision and direction revolutionized the business of collegiate sports. Presenting sponsors of the Foundation include Medical Properties Trust, Regions Bank, UAB, and Urology Centers of Alabama.
To find out more about the Foundation, click here. You can also find ways to support and keep up with everything happening at the Mike Slive Foundation on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.