HOUSTON, TX – With Father’s Day just around the corner, one Houston born organization is trying to give the gift of health to all the men in our lives. The Blue Cure Foundation wants to light the White House blue in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Blue Cure spreads the word about prostate cancer detection and prevention. The disease hits one in every six American men. Thats 233,000 fathers, sons, and brothers that will be diagnosed just this year.
Since 2008, the White House has gone pink one night in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So for this September, the Founder and President of Blue Cure Gabe Canales explains “We have a petition, and we’re trying to get 100,000 signatures, and if we can get that, we can get an official response from the White House.”
They’ve already got support from several celebrities, and a response from Houston City Hall. Mayor Annise Parker tweeted out her support holding this message – #signfordad.
They’ve got a lot of support from Houston Texans players ,too. Offensive lineman Chris Myers sees the importance of pushing this awareness early for young men.
Gabe knows that importance from personal experience. “When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I didn’t know much about my health. In fact it’s the women in our lives that push us to get checkups, to get screenings, to eat better, to exercise more. So we must reach a younger generation of men, and get them more educated about these things,” he shared.
If you want to #SignForDad, you can go to whitehouseblue.org. And get dad to sign too, it might help remind him of that appointment he’s been putting off.