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Did Pinterest hire new marketing pun writers?
We are sure that this was just a total coincidence but when we saw the preview of the latest Pinterest email and read “On the Ball” we had to open it.
Perhaps a few more puns in our awareness campaigns would be more advantageous? Or, do you think if we give you workout tips that you will check your balls more.
Let us know what you think will work.
Ping Pong Club Partners With the Testicular Cancer Society to Spark Conversations
NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – June 12, 2014) – To raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among males, SPiN, the international ping pong venue co-owned by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, announces the launch of Rally for Men’s Health, a month-long initiative spanning the month of June. For the first time, the company will turn their balls blue, engage high-profile personalities in matches, launch a social media campaign and offer specials to benefit the Testicular Cancer Society.
With obvious health benefits of physical activity and human connection, Men’s Health Month provided an opportunity for SPiN to demonstrate their platform as the “unplugged social network” which gets people moving, and their venue as a place to initiate conversations. “The Rally for Men’s Health was created in the true spirit of our organization,” says Pieter Vanermen, CEO of SPiN. “Using a little humor to tackle these very serious issues is another step in our mission to strengthen our communities.”
The venue’s first step is to turn their ping pong balls blue, with a donation pledged to the Testicular Cancer Society for every party who serves up the “Blue Ball Special” at their downtown locations in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Dubai. “One guy, every hour, every day is diagnosed with testicular cancer,” says Mike Craycraft, Founder of the Testicular Cancer Society, which provides education about the disease and support for fighters and survivors. “SPiN’s role in provoking conversation is exactly what we need to overcome that moment of awkwardness, potentially saving lives.”
The ping pong venue will also donate one dollar for every photo of a blue ball posted with the hashtag #SPiNBlueBalls on Instagram or Twitter.
The funds raised mark the SPiN Foundation’s first charitable gift. As the non-profit arm of the global ping pong company, the Foundation’s mission is to help their neighbors by focusing efforts on organizations that create opportunities and provide assistance to those in need. Proceeds will fund TCS’s “Chemo-Sabe Comfort Kits” for young men going through chemotherapy treatment.
SPiN is a franchise of international ping pong venues that combine an unusual mixture of sport, design and entertainment. Offering unique day and nighttime entertainment, the clubs feature ping pong courts, a full bar, restaurant, pro-shop and private VIP room. Memberships are available but are not necessary to take part in the nightly events, tournaments, private ping pong instruction with professional players, and casual socializing and play. Created by owners Franck Raharinosy, Andrew Gordon, Jonathan Bricklin and Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, SPiN venues are currently located in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Dubai.
About the Testicular Cancer Society:
The Testicular Cancer Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises awareness for the most common form of cancer in men age 15-35. It is dedicated to increasing awareness and education about the disease and providing support for fighters, survivors and caregivers. Founded by Mike Craycroft, a clinical pharmacist who waited seven months before seeing a doctor and being diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, the mission of the group is to get people to talking about the disease.
The Testicular Cancer Society awarded a 2012 grant from the Lexington Cancer Foundation
In November we had the pleasure of attending the Lexington Cancer Foundation’s Eighth Annual Grants Award Ceremony Luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfurt, Kentucky. We were honored to have our attendance requested as we were selected as a 2012 Lexington Cancer Foundation Grant Recipient.
Our grant award is being used to produce the Mountain Survivors Radio Show on WMMT in Whitesburg, Kentucky. The show is produced and hosted by our great friend and testicular cancer survivor, Sam Neace. Mountain Survivors uses 15,000 watts to broadcast the stories of cancer survivors throughout much of eastern Kentucky and the surrounding Appalachia area. Kentucky has the highest incident rates of cancer in the U.S. and the outcomes in eastern Kentucky are worse compared to other areas. Mountain Survivors shares the voices of local survivor’s stories in hopes of stimulating conversations that will lead to change.
We can’t thank the Lexington Cancer Foundation enough for their support on such a project and we can’t wait to show them the progress we have made. Since 2004, the Lexington Cancer Foundation has awarded and pledged over $8 million to cancer organizations and their fight against cancer.
Please take a moment to watch the video below and see what an incredible impact the Lexington Cancer Foundation is making. Please help our great programming by Liking the Mountain Survivors Facebook page.
F.A.S.T. – Fifty And Still Trackin’ is taking Falls for The Balls and skydiving to support the Testicular Cancer Society
In December, 50 skydivers, all over the age of 50, gathered in Zephyrhills, Florida at the Skydive City Drop Zone to make a difference by taking some Falls for The Balls. They built a incredible 50-person formation during their freefall and raised over $4800 in support of the Testicular Cancer Society.
F.A.S.T. or Fifty And Still Tracking is an organization for skydivers over 50 years of age who still love the sport and skydive their butts off!!! Who love formations, sequential, and all new innovations of the sport. Check out their Facebook Page at FAST 50 Fifty And Still Trackin‘
After their awesome formation they held a dinner and auctioned off the first 50 membership numbers. Their enthusiasm and generosity raised over $4800 for the Testicular Cancer Society and that is just the beginning. They are continuing to support the TCS by adding new members and with t-shirt and patch sales.
You can become a F.A.S.T. member if you were 50 years of age at the time of being in a 10-way or larger formation. By going to the F.A.S.T. Facebook page qualified jumpers can email a photo with their slot marked, date of birth and date of photo to become a member. As membership in the FAST Organization is for charity they request that a check for $10 (or more if so inclined) made out to the “Testicular Cancer Society” also be included in order to gain membership. Also, see their page for the t-shirts and patches.
We would like to congratulate the original organizers of the F.A.S.T. 50-way on an awesome accomplishment and also thank them for the largest single-day donation in TCS history. They have shown that no matter what it is that you love to do you can do it and make a huge difference at the same time. Thank you so much for your generosity, support and enthusiasm. We look forward to many more Falls for The Balls!!!
Testicular Cancer Society was the Cause of the Day
On July 8th the Testicular Cancer Society was featured as the Cause of the Day on the AOL homepage as part of the AOL Impact program. The link went to our own Testicular Cancer Society AOL Impact page that contained additional information about our organization. With the millions of AOL homepage viewers this was a big step in helping us try to reach the 38 million men in the U.S. that are most at risk for testicular cancer. A huge Thank You to AOL Impact for helping us make a difference.
Did the post title confuse you?
Well, we have posted about them before but now they are together on Ian’s Episode: Together We Will Win on The Ordinary Guy Network.
Take the time to listen to Karen McWhirt, author of Together We Will Win and Jon Lewchenko, founder of Down With The Cause are together as they talk about testicular cancer. It was a great interview that hits home as to why testicular cancer awareness is so important. Listen today and then tell the young men in your life about testicular cancer tonight.
To learn more about Karen and Jon check out our previous posts: What happens When We Don’t Talk About Testicular Cancer and Are You Down With The Cause.
Remember, talk to the young men in your life about testicular cancer.
In 2006, when I was first diagnosed with testicular cancer, I learned of Skate4Cancer (S4C). It was back when everyone was on Myspace and I was searching around looking for other people that mentioned being a testicular cancer survivor. I would try to strike up a friendship so that I could learn more about the disease and what to expect.
While searching around I ran into Skate4Cancer (dreamlovecure.org) and I was immediately attracted but it wasn’t just with their Myspace page. I began seeing S4C in other people’s Myspace names and immediately felt like I knew them. S4C was a young, positive voice in the fight against cancer. It was a gathering of people with similar experiences and desires and it was just what I had been looking for. S4C was one of the organizations that I learned from and wanted to emulate when forming the Testicular Cancer Society.
So why am I sharing all of this with you now?
I am excited to share that the Testicular Cancer Society has teamed up with Skate4Cancer as part of their “The Cure Is Knowledge” Check Your Balls Campaign. It excites me that almost 5 years from the day I first found S4C and found hope in their messages that I am now in The Cure Is Knowledge fight with them. The Check Your Balls Campaign is aimed to help educate young men on the importance of self-testicular exams as a way to help fight against testicular cancer. I was able to share my story on their campaign page as well.
With testicular cancer “The Cure Is Knowledge.” Testicular cancer has highly effective treatments yet there are still young men dying from the disease. The reason for this is the lack of knowledge. Too many young men don’t know that they are at risk for testicular cancer, they don’t know how to do or aren’t aware of the importance of self-testicular exams and if they do notice something wrong they don’t seek medical attention soon enough. These delays in diagnosis lead to more complicated treatments and even death.
More on Skate4Cancer
Skate4cancer is an organization founded on the importance of engaging youth in cancer prevention. The skateboard world raised them, so working at a street level is what they know and their grassroots approach reflects it. By spreading this excitement and contagious way of thinking through epic skate marathons around the world, S4C has nurtured a strong, supportive community which they are dedicated to expanding.
Armed with the understanding that 80% of cancers can be prevented with early detection and healthy lifestyles, their “The Cure is Knowledge” campaigns propose that the only cure currently available is knowledge. They aim to create a public awareness of these forms of cancer, emphasizing the importance of understanding our bodies and family histories.
By creating educational campaigns that are easy to understand, they hope to inspire youth to incorporate preventative methods into their busy lives. Their goal is to bring together a community in support of these movements that passes the knowledge on to others. By instilling positive habits in young people they can create a generation of people that are well informed on preventative healthy living and familiarity with their bodies.
Skate4Cancer was somewhat of a crazy dream of Rob Dyer’s and this year they celebrated their 8th anniversary. Check out their short-documentary about the last 8 years.