MIU's 'Run for the Ribbon' is Father's Day, June 15 - New York News

MIU's 'Run for the Ribbon' is Father's Day, June 15

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(WJBK) - A local man felt shock and anger when he got the news from his doctor. Now, he wants to help other men get past these emotions.

"The doctor came in and said you have prostate cancer, which blew me away." Dan Degasperis never thought he'd hear those words.

The sad truth is early prostate cancer, like others, doesn't usually come with a warning.

"There was no symptoms at all that would indicate that there was a problem," he says.

In 2011 the realtor was cruising happily through life both professionally and personally, but then an abnormal PSA blood test led to the cancer diagnosis and surgery.

About 230 thousand men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.

Options to treat it include watchful waiting, radiation and surgery.

The cause isn't clear, but Dr. Michael Lutz with the Michigan Institute of Urology says new research is showing how lifestyle choices can protect men.

"Fitness and exercise, that's good for prostate and prostate cancer and lastly, sleep. We know that sleep and lowering your stress level is very helpful for heart disease and also very effective in reducing prostate cancer disease progression," says Lutz.

Part of Degasperis' recovery has included his support team and the MIU's event Run for the Ribbon, a 5K that raises funds and awareness for men's health. For Degasperis, it's  about connecting with others.

"It helps me help support other guys who may be going through the same thing I did a couple years ago. I've had a lot of conversations where guys have just been diagnosed and they call me and asked me questions. Any way I can help," he says.

So far, the surgery and hormone therapy seem to be working, giving Degasperis cause to celebrate.
 
"It's the face that I'm still here, and I still have a lot of good things in my life, and I'm happy," he says.

Run for the Ribbon is a great Father's Day tradition at the Detroit Zoo, and the tradition continues this Sunday, June 15.

The event gets started at 8 a.m and it's not too late to join in.

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