Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead is encouraging eligible members of his department to get prostate cancer screening in conjunction with an upcoming benefit.
For the 10th consecutive year, Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure — a classic, antique and hotrod car show — will be held to benefit prostate cancer research. The show will be held from 10 a.m.-3p.m. Sept. 17 on Main Street in downtown Fort Worth. It offers free and confidential cancer screening for men over 50 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fifth and Main streets
Last year’s show featured more than 530 vehicles lined up and down Main Street, from the courthouse to the Convention Center.
Admission is free. The screening involves a simple blood test and the exam takes about 15 minutes.
A local businessman, Chris Goetz, founded the event in 2002 after he was diagnosed and successfully treated for prostate cancer.
“We’re going to have hundreds of flashy cars, many worth well over $100,000,” Goetz said.
Goetz and Halstead will join forces at a kickoff press conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 7) at Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Halstead is encouraging the department’s male officers and men across Tarrant County to take advantage of the screening offer.
“Although not all police officers are men, certainly many of them are,” said Scott McConnell, president of Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure, and we want to do all we can to be of service to those who protect us every day. Providing free prostate cancer screening to our police officers is obviously a good way for us to show them our support.”
According to McConnell, last year nearly 20 percent of the men screened during the car show were later confidentially notified that they should seek further medical assessment. If detected early, the chances of successful treatment are excellent, McConnell said.
-- Marty Sabota