During the first week of December, the National Football League is hosting “Cleats For a Cause”, an opportunity for athletes to wear specially-designed game day cleats to spotlight a cause or charity of their choice. Connor Shaw, quarterback of the Chicago Bears, has chosen ProstAware as his charity in order to raise awareness for prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer survivor Tim Smith, the executive director of ProstAware, is Shaw’s father-in-law and was a big influence in Shaw’s decision to select ProstAware as his charity of choice.
“A personal experience that inspired me to get involved in my cause happened last year when my father-in-law was diagnosed with prostate cancer,” said Shaw. “This caught us all by surprise. He had no symptoms and was relatively young, only 53 years old. Fortunately, they detected it early and after successful surgery, he is now cancer free,” continued Shaw. “I want to encourage all men to know about prostate cancer and the need for appropriate screening for early detection and treatment. It can save your life!”
To learn more about Connor Shaw and his thoughts on ProstAware and his athletic career, click here.
ProstAware is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating men and their loved ones about prostate cancer through the dynamic worlds of music, technology and sports. Starting at age 40, ProstAware encourages men to learn about appropriate screening for prostate cancer. ProstAware provides a centralized resource for prostate cancer awareness and promotes education and awareness through its annual Blue Ties event, speaking engagements and health programs.