(WBNG) — Every year, WBNG hosts the No Shave November phone bank with volunteers to raise both money and awareness for prostate cancer.
One in nine in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
WBNG has been holding the No Shave November phone bank and 5K for seven years now with Chief Meteoroligist Howard Manges representing the station by growing out his beard to raise awareness. This year, Tioga State Bank sponsored the event, saying it’s just a way for the business to give back to its community.
This year’s phone bank raised $4,000 just within the hour and a half of our early evening newscasts. People from near and far donated to the cause.
“A guy calling from Alabama, he grew up in Binghamton and he makes a donation every year,” said Kristina Albrecht from the American Cancer Society. “We have some locals who have been affected themselves by prostate cancer, or survivors who call and say they need to make a donation.”
Dr. Kathleen McGinley from Broome Urology at Lourdes says she works closely with patients every single day in her job and knows all too well how various parts of the cancer affects each individual. She says everyone needs to be aware of how important it is to be checked, especially if you have a close relative who was diagnosed.
“Screening is key when it comes to prostate cancer,” said Dr. McGinley. “The earlier we find the disease, the more treatable it is and that’s our goal. We want to treat and cure this disease.”
The money will go toward the American Cancer Society to help cancer patients and advance prostate cancer research.