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.
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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 The Tribute, in The Colony, TX on Friday, April 7, 2017. 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.
April 7, 2017
11:30 Lunch and Driving Range is Open
1:30pm Shotgun Start
6:30 Dinner and Awards
11:00pm End of Event
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Stories of Survival
In 2015, Ron Adkins was living a quiet retired life with his wife of 48 years in Plano. At the age of 73, he had a confident outlook on his longevity and relatively few health problems. That might have been due to a couple of factors on his side.
First, he had been an active hunter for many years and had even enjoyed success as a published hunting content author for several prominent magazines. Second, his own mother had lived to 102 and his father to 94. His confidence, invigorated by his Christian faith, helped him courageously face double bypass heart surgery that year.
Consistent with his genetic gifts and fit nature Ron whipped the heart problems and was well on his way to recovery until a few months ago in October 2016.
It was during a routine annual heart procedure follow up that the nurse reported to him his PSA count was abnormally high. “What does that mean?” was his reaction. Not long after more tests confirmed the bad news. Ron was positive for Prostate Cancer.
Since Ron knew has own father had died with active prostate cancer at 94 (but not from prostate cancer) he didn’t dilly-dally around. Ron knew early detection and taking action was key in prostate cancer survival rates.
Ron began radiation treatment very soon after detection. The process and treatments have been going well without complications. Ron is thankful for that but reflects on the prostate biopsy procedure without much adoration. Although the doctor told him it “wouldn’t hurt a bit”, Ron says it is “by far the worst part”.
Ron was friends with local insurance agent Jay Goff who has been a frequent attendee of recent Mankind events and was well acquainted with our mission and our volunteer board member philosophy. Jay was fond of listening to Ron’s stories when they visited, whether it be from Ron’s glory days as GM of the Dallas Sidekicks or his hunting adventures. When Jay found out Ron had been struggling with the stress of property taxes, prostate cancer treatment and a fixed income, he referred him to Mankind on January 20th.
On February 6, Mankind issued $3,000 of direct financial aid to Ron and his family and plans to raise more donations through their annual golf fundraiser April 7.
Daniel T. Gebremichael is a 75-year-old man who lives in McKinney together with his wife in the home of their eldest daughter Timnit (41). Daniel, his wife and Timnit are all permanent residents (green card) of the United States. Daniel and three of his five children gradually immigrated from Ethiopia and Eritrea to the USA over the past few decades due to the prolonged civil war there. One other sibling to Timnit lives in Texas (Houston).
Until recently Daniel had lived a long and healthy life and had confidently expected to live to age 100. This confidence was shaken in January 2016 when Daniel was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Daniel’s doctors are Mankind partner-practitioners Dr. French and Dr. Shuford of Dallas, TX. Daniel’s doctors told him that a robotic prostatectomy procedure was required in the very short term and consequently he underwent the procedure on February 22.
Before this upsetting news Daniel’s daughter was already under financial stress to care for her parents in her home. Neither Daniel or his wife have any earning power, nor do they have any medical insurance coverage, or retirement pension income. Their household is supported by Timnit’s income alone as she is single. She is employed in Fort Worth and commutes back and forth between Fort Worth and McKinney daily. The entire family is supported by Timnit’s $64,000 annual salary and there is no other income.
Sadly, Daniel’s family was already familiar with the challenge of prostate cancer. Daniel’s brother in Eritrea was diagnosed with prostate cancer recently as well. In fact, Daniel had booked flights home to visit his brother when he received his own diagnosis. The doctors recommended he cancel that trip and plan for the procedure, and so Daniel has followed their guidance and cancelled the flights. The airline is not going to refund Daniel’s nor his wife’s airfare which has added financial stress.
Daniel’s family incurred significant out of pocket medical expenses getting him diagnosed. The family is draining personal savings and using a credit card to pay Baylor hospital 50% ($16,400) for the procedure. The family is expecting thousands more in medical bills for the many types of ongoing care and medications which are expected in the year following the procedure. One such cost is Anesthesia which is estimated at more than $3,400 separate from the aforementioned $16,400.
On Feb 13 a Mankind representative reviewed eligibility for government assistance through Medicaid and Affordable Care Act coverage. Unfortunately for Daniel and his family it was verified no such assistance is available now, the late enrollment period expired Jan 31, and the first availability to apply for future coverage will be Nov 1 2016.
On Feb 18 Mankind released $1,000 of immediate aid to Daniel’s family and plans to raise more donations through their annual golf fundraiser April 1. Daniel and his family need financial assistance with over $20k of due and anticipated medical bills.
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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