ROSWELL, Ga. – Prostate cancer is one of the deadliest diseases for men. A new case is diagnosed every 2.2 minutes, with 238,000 annually, and a life is lost every 18 minutes, nearly 30,000 a year.
Members of the Country Club of Roswell have led an annual charge against the cancer by holding a golf tournament to raise money for lifesaving research. So far, they have raised $450,000 for prostate cancer research and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
This year, the Drive for the Cure tournament is Sept. 30 at the CCR.
“I retired back in 1999 and had a group of senior guys at the club who would play every Tuesday and Thursday,” said Loren Conrad, the organizer of the first events. “These were executives who used to be involved in corporate work. They weren’t doing much and there was a lot of talent there. So we decided to put together a golf tournament.”
Conrad said the group chose to play for prostate cancer because of how common it is in older men.
“Men have their egos and think they don’t need certain things checked,” said former Atlanta Braves baseball player John Smoltz. “We need to raise awareness to get it checked before it becomes a problem.”
Those with prostate cancer often do not know they have it until it has progressed to the point of being incurable. That makes early screening and detection imperative to survival.
“Take the time to get checked,” Smoltz said. “The success rate is high if it’s detected early.”
With about 100 golfers, Drive for a Cure is not the largest of tournaments, but it does have a good cause, Conrad said. There is also a silent auction after the game, with condos, gifts, jewelry and gift cards up for bid.
For more information or to register for the Drive for the Cure golf tournament, visit them on Facebook at “Fifteenth Annual Atlanta Area Drive for the Cure.”