Eric is the COO of Canyon Foods, President of the Food Sales Association Scholarship Fund and President & Founder of Mankind, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization.
Mankind™, a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Corporation benefiting prostate cancer awareness and research
Mankind™ Mission Statement: To make every Man aware of the deadly facts pertaining to prostate cancer. Mankind™ promises to help save lives and end suffering from prostate cancer by encouraging men to receive annual tests and help research scientists find a cure for prostate cancer.
A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer yet awareness pales in comparison. Mankind is committed to beating men’s most often diagnosed non-skin cancer in America affecting 1 in 6 men. Our hope is that Mankind will create awareness and generate support. In 2008, more than 186,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 28,000 men will die from the disease in 2009. One new case occurs every 2.5 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 19 minutes.
As men increase in age, their risk of developing prostate cancer increases exponentially. Although only 1 in 10,000 under age 40 will be diagnosed, the rate shoots up to 1 in 39 for ages 40 to 59, and 1 in 14 for ages 60 to 69. More than 65% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65. Research suggests that if a man lives long enough, he will get prostate cancer. If found early enough a man can survive prostate cancer by having a simple procedure done. By getting tested we can help all Mankind. Our website, "foremankind" came about because "fore" means "to be aware or a warning" and "mankind" because we need to make prostate cancer aware to all mankind.
Mankind Board Members
Jason W. Taylor
T. J. Crawford
Events and Donations
Mankind's Annual Summer Golf Tournament
Benefiting Prostate Cancer Awarness, Research, and Funding
Mankind's Summer Golf Tournament is right around the corner. The tournament will be held at Tour 18, in Flower Mound, TX on Friday, April 1, 2016. Lunch and driving range open at 11:30 AM. Shotgun start at 1:30 PM. The format this year is a 4-man scramble, pick your own team. We always have extra spots on teams so if you cannot get a full team together let me know so I can pair you up with another team. This year's entry fee is $160 per golfer or $600 per team. The entry fee includes the use of the driving range, lunch, beer, soft drinks, energy drinks, water and dinner. We will have a raffle to give away big prizes so bring extra cash, credit card, or your check book. Register below.
Spring 2016 Tournament Registration
8718 Amen Corner
Flower Mound, TX 75022
11:30 Lunch and Driving Range is Open
1:30pm Shotgun Start
6:30 Dinner and Awards
11:00pm End of Event
Mankind Music Festival
Supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness
Saturday, October 3, 2015
2pm - 10pm
Heritage Farmstead, Plano, TX
corner of 15th Street and Pitman Drive
FREE!!! Come on out and let's party!
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The Mankind "Slouch" Hat
Fashion for a Cause
One size fits most (meaning unless you have a total peanut or bucket head)
Stories of Survival
Mankind Gives Back - Featured on Channel 33
Earl’s brother-in-law was seeing his doctor at Dallas Pelvic Medicine Center for a routine visit and told Earl about Mankind’s charitable assistance program. He thought of Earl because he knew Earl was going through a challenging financial struggle. Earl had family history of prostate cancer and needed to be pro-active and have a new PSA level test performed. Earl completed a financial aid application and subsequently board members Art Carillo and Jason W. Taylor along with founder Eric Becker met him for lunch to find out how Mankind could help Earl.
We were delighted to meet Earl that day as we learned of his story and challenges. Despite what might seem like an insurmountable situation to others, Earl had a positive and resilient attitude about his problems. He told us the story of his brother who died of prostate cancer two years ago, and how he had taken a PSA test and was told his levels were relatively high and that he needed a follow up test to find out if the PSA levels were rising. However Earl wasn’t able to afford the follow up visit and test because he was unemployed due to illness, and 6 weeks behind on his rent due to unemployment. Earl is about to become eligible for social security benefits in a few months and just needed some help to keep from getting evicted but was very honest and plainly told us he expected to end up in a shelter.
That’s when Mankind took action. We vetted the facts of Earl’s situation and discussed matters on his behalf with his landlord. Mankind was able to pay the landlord 100% of Earl’s overdue rent as of August 1, 2013 and in addition to that we arranged for a prostate cancer PSA screening visit at the DPMC and covered the complete cost of the visit, exam, testing and Earl’s transportation to and from the visit since Earl doesn’t have a car. In total our contribution to Earl was nearly $1,000. “You all have relieved me of a tremendous burden, and I can’t thank you enough” said Earl when we met him on August 9th at his house in south Dallas.
Mankind wants to thank everyone who has either sponsored or attended one of our charitable fundraising events. Without your support we would not have been able to help Earl. We look forward to continuing program this year and in the future.
Download the Mankind Financial Benefit Application Form to apply for assistance today.
"My playing this game that I love could have been cut short if it hadn’t been for my yearly prostate screening! My prostate cancer was detected in the Fall of 2006 during my regular yearly physical. I was very fortunate in the fact that one of the top five prostate cancer surgery teams were here in Birmingham, AL and I was able to have Dr. Scott Tully perform a Robotic Radical Prostatectomy in April of 2007. Even though my cancer had been able to spread outside of my prostate, they were able to remove it all. I owe my life to three things, (1) having a yearly physical, (2) the skill of Dr Tully and his team at St. Vincent Hospital and (3) the grace of my Lord, Jesus Christ".
- Ben Pettit, Prostate Cancer Survivor