In The Spotlight
Rick Agee and His Fellow Texans Continue To Help Raise Awareness and Support for SPOHNC
It was a beautiful, sunny, hot Texas day for the Second Annual Skate4SPOHNC event on Sunday, September 19, 2010. As you entered the T.W. Richardson Gove Park – Campion Trail where the event was being held, signs were placed along the paths highlighting the many sponsors who contributed so
generously to Rick Agee’s efforts.
This year’s event was to honor recently retired Founder & President of SPOHNC, Nancy Leupold. Rick Agee, a two-time oral cancer survivor, once again skated 50 miles in recognition of Nancy’s legacy to increase awareness of oral and head and neck cancer and support SPOHNC’s many programs and educational materials. Rick’s mission is to facilitate the journey of oral, head, and neck cancer patients by removing transition barriers between disease diagnosis and survivorship. It also addresses the basic element of early diagnosis and seeks to broaden the participation in oral screenings and SPOHNC outreach services, particularly for underrepresented groups.
Rick’s determination started as the sun rose and he finished skating sometime in the early afternoon. SPOHNC’s Executive Director, Mary Ann Caputo, was thankful to be able to attend, and was overwhelmed by everyone’s participation and support. “This event is helping to raise awareness of this disease, which will help to reach those who are desperately seeking SPOHNC’s support. The outpouring of love and camaraderie here today helps these patients in their cancer journey. It is truly remarkable.”
The inline skating organization “Pegasus Flyers” joined in, making every effort to skate alongside Rick to help raise awareness. Together they were also joined by close to 200 runners, walkers, and bikers who were there to encourage and help Rick in his commitment to continue SPOHNC’s mission and support those who have been affected by this devastating disease. Throughout the day, everyone enjoyed a real down home meal of “Texas Barbecue,” which included brisket, hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade chili and chicken soup, and an overabundance of delicious desserts. The very talented rock n’ roll group “Cornerstone” entertained throughout the day, joined by tonsil cancer survivor Sara Pray who sang tunes from the past.
Free yoga classes were offered, and a masseuse donated individual massages. Those individuals who contributed to SPOHNC received t-shirts from Rick and numerous prizes donated from various sponsors. Trophies were awarded to those who placed in first, second, and third place.
By having such an event to raise awareness, it also raises awareness of early detection, and the risk factors associated with this disease. Baylor College of Dentistry donated an air-conditioned Winnebago for the event, and everyone could participate in a free oral cancer screening by the Fight Oral Cancer Foundation. SPOHNC’s mission is twofold. Not only is it our goal to raise awareness of this disease; it’s essential for everyone to seek oral cancer screenings for early detection.
Everyone’s contribution helped Rick to make his second go-around a perfect event! Rick’s tireless efforts and his multitude of family and friends benefited in making Skate4SPOHNC 2010 another huge success!
One man can definitely make a difference!
SPOHNC greatly appreciates the generous donations received through Skate4SPOHNC
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