Press Release - Golf Tournament May 2010
For Immediate Release
Media Contact:Molly Gilbert
MAHINA YOUNG CHARITABLE FUND ANNOUNCES 2010 GOLF TOURNAMENT – MAY 29
Tournament Aims to Increase Prostate Cancer Detection in Young Men
PORTLAND, Ore. – May 13, 2010 – Mahina Young’s story is all too familiar. A young 48-year-old avid golfer, Mahina was experiencing tiredness and pain in his legs and decided to be proactive in seeking out his doctor for care. Acting on a hunch, his doctor ordered a last minute Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test to check for prostate cancer. The results were astounding. Mahina’s body had been battling stage IV prostate cancer without his knowledge of any medical problems besides a couple of tired legs.
Acting quickly, Mahina and his wife Kristen, decided to opt for a radical prostatectomy in hopes of wiping out the ever-spreading cancer cells. Following surgery, doctor’s informed the Youngs that the cancer had in fact spread to Mahina’s lymph system and would require over 30 rounds of radiation, constant monitoring and the use of hormone treatments to keep the disease at bay. Prostate cancer, usually a slow spreading disease in older men has been found to be highly aggressive when found in younger men – making the need for early diagnosis that much more important.
Caught completely off-guard by this experience, the Youngs have vowed to educate men about prostate cancer and encourage screening. Always an avid golfer, Mahina would spend nights putting and chipping in the living room of their Portland home when he was too sick to sleep. It is only fair that they would go on to use his passion for golf to spread the word about a need for early screening, diagnosis and prevention. Inspired by Arnold Palmer, also a prostate cancer survivor, and his organization “Arnie’s Army”, the Youngs decided to hold their first golf tournament in 2009 raising over $10,000 for prostate cancer research.
The second annual Mahina Young Charitable Fund Golf Tournament will take place at Langdon Farms in Aurora, OR on Saturday, May 29th starting at 1:15pm. The picturesque Langdon Farms Golf Course was recently ranked as the #1 course to hold a corporate event for the fifth year in a row by The Portland Business Journal along with being the highest ranked Public Course in Oregon and included on the top ten list of the most challenging courses in the state. All proceeds from the tournament and silent auction will be donated to the Dr. Thomas Beer’s research group at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Participants can enjoy 18 holes of golf, lunch, content prizes including closet to the hole and longest drive, an awards dinner and silent auction. For information on how you can participate as a sponsor, golfer or volunteer please visit www.mahinayoung.org.
About the Mahina Young Charitable Fund
Mahina Young Charitable Fund is an Oregon Non-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities to educate men about prostate cancer and encourage screening as well as raise funds. The organization will use these funds to raise awareness about prostate cancer, prevention and hopefully to one day find a cure for this disease. For more information please visit www.mahinayoung.org.