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September 14, 2010
AVIATOR ARNOLD PALMER HONORED AT NBAA 2010
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that, as part of the 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention this October 19-21 in Atlanta, GA, Arnold Palmer and five other Americans prominent in aviation will be presented with Wright Brothers Master Pilot Certificates and Palmer will be further honored with the NBAA 2010 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award.
According to the FAA's web site, "The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years."
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt will present the certificates in person to Palmer, Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Bob Hoover, Clay Lacy and Russ Meyer.
"Our congratulations to these individuals on this well-deserved recognition," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Each of these distinguished figures has made indelible contributions to business aviation, and we are delighted that they will stand together and be recognized for reaching a milestone in flight as part of our Convention."
Palmer, an American icon and esteemed businessman, has spent a lifetime promoting business aviation. He currently serves as a spokesman for the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, and has addressed NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention on several occasions, each time highlighting the benefits the industry brings to the nation's economy and transportation system.
After receiving his Master Pilot Certificate at Wednesday's event, Palmer will be honored with NBAA's 2010 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award. That recognition will be accompanied by a video greeting from fellow No Plane No Gain spokesman Warren Buffet, who will welcome Convention attendees and congratulate Palmer on his recognition from NBAA.
About the NBAA
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.
Posted by scurry at 04:42 PM
September 02, 2010
Emulate the greats, says Palmer to young players
Golf icon thinks technology now makes the game too fast
By Mark Lamport-Stokes, Reuters
Some of the game's younger players need to do more to try to emulate Phil Mickelson when it comes to engaging with the fans, says golfing great Arnold Palmer.
World number two Mickelson, a winner of four major championships, is renowned for the amount of time he spends signing autographs and interacting with the galleries.
In the eyes of many, the left-hander has become the modern-day equivalent of fellow American Palmer, arguably the most charismatic player ever.
"Phil Mickelson has done a great job with the fans and that's good for the game," Palmer, 80, told Reuters in a telephone interview on Wednesday. "The fact that he relates to them so well is just fantastic.
"We just need to get more young players who can relate. I think they are starting to get the message but we could improve upon that and they could improve upon that with their relations with the galleries."
Palmer, a seven-times major champion, had no peers as a fan favourite and always went to great lengths to ensure every person waiting in line ended up with a cherished autograph.
With his swashbuckling style, prodigious length off the tee, bold putting and affection for the galleries, he did more than any other player to popularise the game with the advent of television.
"It's very important to relate to the fans because that will bring people to talk about it and that's what we always need in the game of golf," Palmer said.
While Palmer felt on-course public relations could be improved in the modern game, he was energised by the number of young guns who had burst on to the world stage in recent months.
"All these young players who are coming along, such as Matt Kuchar, Ryo Ishikawa and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who is so good at 21 years old," he said.
"It excites me to see the potential that he (McIlroy) has and what could happen. I am watching a lot of these young players. It's fun and it's something that can create great relationships between our nations on the international scene."
McIlroy won his first PGA Tour title at the Quail Hollow Championship in May after closing with a course record 10-under-par 62 and has been widely tipped by his peers as a future world number one. He is currently ranked seventh.
Palmer, who was a member of the so-called Big Three with fellow golfing greats Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, had no doubt about the one thing he would like to change most in the modern game.
"Because of technology, the players of today hit it too far," Palmer said. "That should be one of the major things on our agenda, to slow the golf ball down so that we don't tilt the scale.
"We have so many great golf courses but, as the players start hitting it so far, they are outdating our golf courses. We need to see if we can't just keep it in the range that we have known it for so many years."
Palmer also spoke to Reuters about his latest role with Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. and the non-profit organization Us TOO International to help raise awareness of advanced prostate cancer.
"People should be aware of what the potential is for prostate cancer and what the potential is for a cure and to live a happy life," said Palmer, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997.
"When it was discovered that I had it, I was able to get treated with very good results. Without having done that, it might have gotten away."
Every year, approximately 8,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed at an advanced stage and Palmer does not under-estimate the value of his work with the My Prostate Cancer Roadmap program (http://www.myprostatecancerroadmap.com/).
"A lot of people shy away from even talking about cancer and more particularly prostate cancer," he said. "We want people to pay attention, get their checkups, see their doctors and have the necessary tests that will tell them that they are either free or that they need to continue and do more.
"If I could have every man do that, it would be something that I would feel is a major accomplishment."
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Posted by scurry at 05:28 PM
September 01, 2010
ARNOLD PALMER JOINS CENTOCOR ORTHO BIOTECH AND US TOO INTERNATIONAL TO LAUNCH MY PROSTATE CANCER ROADMAP
Prostate Cancer Often Misunderstood, Thought of as Less Threatening Than Other Cancers
HORSHAM, Pa. — World-renownedgolf champion and prostate cancer survivor Arnold Palmer has teamed up with Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. and the non-profit organization Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network to launch My Prostate Cancer Roadmap (www.myprostatecancerroadmap.com), an educational program that provides resources and information specific to advanced prostate cancer patients and those who love them.
Every year, approximately 8,000 cases of cancer of the prostate are diagnosed at an advanced stage and roughly 32,000 men are projected to die this year from the disease in the United States. Despite these statistics, many people think prostate cancer is less dangerous than other cancers. In fact, cancer of the prostate is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men the United States, and the National Cancer Institute predicts a 17 percent increase in prostate cancer deaths this year compared to 2009.
Arnold Palmer knows first-hand about navigating prostate cancer. Diagnosed with the disease in 1997, Palmer has worked as an advocate for people affected by cancer of the prostate for more than a decade. He is helping to launch the My Prostate Cancer Roadmap program to raise awareness of advanced prostate cancer and this new support resource.*
“I was very lucky -- my family and friends were with me every step of the way as I faced prostate cancer, finding information and accompanying me to each doctor’s appointment that I had,” said Palmer. “Often, men don’t reach out for support, or they feel that being strong means that they have to face this disease on their own. Having information and support to help navigate every part of the journey is critical, especially to men facing advanced disease, where comprehensive information can be more difficult to find.”
Prostate cancer occurs when cancer cells form in the tissues of the prostate. The prostate is a gland located around the urethra (under the bladder) in men that produces part of the seminal fluid. In some cases, cancer of the prostate can grow slowly compared with other cancers. However, depending on factors including characteristics specific to the patient and the tumor, prostate cancer can also grow very quickly and spread to other places such as the lymph nodes, bones or other parts of the body. Prostate cancer is considered to be advanced once it has spread beyond the prostate region.
“Advanced prostate cancer is a disease that is poorly understood. Prostate cancer kills more men in the United States than any other cancer, except for lung cancer,” said Tom Kirk, President & CEO, Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network. “Us TOO International is deeply committed to helping men and those who care about them understand the unique challenges, and how to live to the fullest, with advanced disease. My Prostate Cancer Roadmap is made especially for them, putting targeted information and resources at their fingertips. It nicely complements the educational materials, support groups and online discussion communities that Us TOO International provides for men and their families fighting the disease.”
The information on the Web site is presented visually as a roadmap and visitors can navigate various “stops,” each of which provides unique, current information. Topics include health and wellness, work, relationships, and sex and intimacy. Visitors are offered tips on nutrition, exercise and maintaining relationships. There are even suggested questions to help guide difficult and often emotional discussions with employers.
Although any man can develop cancer of the prostate, there are certain factors that increase the risk. These include age, family history, pre-cancerous prostate changes, genetic abnormalities, and ethnicity, where African Americans are at the highest risk. My Prostate Cancer Roadmap provides information for these high-risk populations.
Each stop on the journey offers a choice of two paths – one for men with advanced prostate cancer and the other for family, friends and caregivers – to help address their overlapping but also different needs.
“Until now, men with advanced prostate cancer and those who love them lacked comprehensive and easily accessible resources to help them cope with advanced disease,” said Robert Bazemore, President, Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. “We are pleased to work with Us TOO International on My Prostate Cancer Roadmap, an important resource that focuses on the needs of men with advanced prostate cancer and their loved ones.”
As a resource for advanced prostate cancer patients and their loved ones, MyProstateCancerRoadmap.com will continue to offer new content based on their feedback and input, along with insights and expertise of scientists, clinicians, nurses, social workers and other experts. Visitors can register to receive alerts when new information is posted.
Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network (www.ustoo.org) is a source of peer-to-peer support and free materials for men and their families to make informed choices on prostate cancer detection, treatment options and coping with ongoing survivorship. Founded in 1990 by prostate cancer survivors and their families “who recognized that cancer affects us, too,” the 501(c)(3) non-profit is headquartered in Illinois and works with volunteers in 325 affiliated support group chapters worldwide. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Us TOO is a member patient advocacy organization of the National Health Council.
About Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc.
Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. redefines the standard of care in immunology, nephrology and oncology. The company was formed when Centocor, Inc. and Ortho Biotech Inc. were consolidated in late 2008, and was renamed Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. Built upon a pioneering history, Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. harnesses innovations in large-molecule and small-molecule research to create important new therapeutic options. Beyond its innovative medicines, Centocor Ortho Biotech is at the forefront of developing education and public policy initiatives to ensure patients and their families, caregivers, advocates and healthcare professionals have access to the latest treatment information, support services and quality care. For more information about Centocor Ortho Biotech, visit www.centocororthobiotech.com.
* My Prostate Cancer Roadmap campaign is brought to you by Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. in partnership with the non-profit organization Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network. Arnold Palmer was compensated for his time in preparing for and participating in the My Prostate Cancer Roadmap program and was reimbursed for travel expenses related to the program. Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. provided sponsorship funding to Us TOO International in support of the My Prostate Cancer Roadmap program and other education and support initiatives benefitting prostate cancer patients and their families.
Posted by scurry at 03:23 PM