Apr 29 2014, 9:48pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
MLB.com's Barry Bloom reports that Hall, himself a prostate cancer survivor, believes he was put in a position to help men afflicted with the disease:
"D-Backs president Derrick Hall believes that he was diagnosed with -- and so far spared from the ravages of -- prostate cancer for a good reason: To live the rest of his life helping other victims.
"To that end, Hall's Pro-State Foundation website went active on Tuesday hours before his D-backs opened a three-game series against the Rockies at Chase Field. Plus, the D-backs are staging their second annual 5K Race Against Cancer downtown just adjacent to the ballpark at 7:30 a.m. MT on Saturday.
"The proceeds from the race are being donated to Hall's new foundation, and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.
"'We all believe things happen for a reason,' Hall said on Monday.'I believe one of the reasons I was diagnosed was so that I could spread the word and educate others. Nothing has changed. This gives me yet another larger platform to drive awareness and educate men. It's our breast cancer.'"
The foundation's website, Pro-State.org, discusses how it all began:
"But Hall faced his biggest challenge in September, 2011 when he learned that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the young age of 42. Determined to face this challenge in the same fashion that led to him becoming one of Major League Baseball's top executives, Hall immediately penned a note to his staff letting them know of his diagnosis.
"'Why would I share with you all so openly?' read the message, which was sent before even alerting his children. 'Because I share everything with you, my family. And you will help me and my beautiful immediate family get through this. I will win! Survival rate is high, and I will be an 'add-on' to the statistics.'
"Within days, Hall began using his platform as one of the state's most influential business leaders to encourage all men to get tested after age 40, as his early diagnosis led to his successful surgery and treatement, as well as a current clean bill of health.
"Over the course of the next year, the 20+ year veteran of professional baseball management spoke openly and about the challenges he faced, with hundreds of people reaching out to explain how his diagnosis has led them to get tested.
"One in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime and it became Hall's hope that he and his wife, Amy, as well as their three children could do more than just raise awareness for early testing."
Hall told Bloom the website will be a comprehensive resource which should change the lives of men with prostate cancer.
"It's really going to be a resource for men who have prostate cancer or prostate problems. They can turn to this and find support groups, questions and answers, my story. There's so much involved. You'll see. I'm really excited.
"Cancer can be a frightening journey but a positive state of mind is powerful medicine. Our number one goal is to make sure those diagnosed with prostate cancer realize that they're not alone. Through the power of united group efforts, one person can lean on many to overcome the challenges that he faces."
According to AZFamily.com, around 250,000 new cases of prostate cancer surface annually, per the American Cancer Society. Thirty thousand of these men die yearly because of the disease, the report goes on to say.
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