Eddie Check

Eddie Check® and the Provision CARES Foundation Team Up for Blood Drive and Free PSA Screenings

Available at 16 different East Tennessee locations across 10 counties on September 9th & 10th, 2021

Unbelievably, One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime – and one in 41 will die from it. Prostate cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most common cancer in American men and second only to lung cancer as the leading cancer-based cause of death in American men. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the U.S. during 2021, about 248,530 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 34,130 men will die from it.

But there’s still good news. If prostate cancer is caught early, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 100%. The numbers say it all: Get tested!  Prostate cancer is rare before age 40, so if you are 40 or older, the first step is a free, simple PSA screening that only requires a blood sample. “PSA” stands for prostate-specific antigen, a protein produced by prostate cells. The PSA test is done to help diagnose and follow prostate cancer in men.  No certain PSA level is called normal or abnormal, and an elevated level does not mean you have prostate cancer – only a biopsy can diagnose cancer. Always discuss PSA test results with your doctor and be sure to have a digital rectal exam (DRE), as about 6% of men with prostate cancer continue to have normal PSA.

In 2004, Rockford-based Nisus Corporation, a manufacturer of green products for the pest control and wood preservation industries, teamed up with area hospitals and MEDIC Regional Blood Center to create Eddie Check, an annual event that adds free PSA screening for prostate cancer to blood drives. It was a simple strategy using MEDIC’s already existing resources to make it fast and easy for men to get a blood sample drawn for the screening. Nisus has a personal stake in the fight; marketing vice president Jim Gorman is a prostate cancer survivor, while company president & CEO Kevin L. Kirkland lost his father, Eddie Kirkland, to the disease. In fact, “Eddie Check” is named for Eddie Kirkland.

Once again, Nisus, MEDIC, Provision CARES Proton Therapy, and Provision CARES Foundation join with sponsors WIVK FM 107.7, Sports Radio WNML 99.1 FM & 990 AM, NewsTalk 98.7 FM, WVLT, and American Esoteric Laboratories.

Sites and Locations

Thursday, September 9:

  • MEDIC Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Ave. (7:00am – 6:30pm)
  • MEDIC Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike (7:30am – 7:00pm)
  • MEDIC Athens – 213 E. Washington Ave. Suite 104 (8:30am – 5:00pm)
  • MEDIC Crossville – 96 Hayes St. (8:30am – 5:00pm CDT)
  • Smoky Mountain Knife Works – 2320 Winfield Dunn Pkwy. (11:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Kingston Community Center – 201 Patton Ferry Rd. (11:00am – 5:00pm)
  • Lowe’s South Knoxville – 7520 Mountain Grove Rd. (10:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Walmart Oneida – 19740 Alberta St. (11:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Food City Dandridge – 123 W Highway 25-70 (11:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Sam’s Club East Knoxville – 2920 Knoxville Center Dr. (11:00am – 7:00pm)

Friday, September 10:

  • MEDIC Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Ave. (7:00am – 6:30pm)
  • MEDIC Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike (6:30am – 6:00pm)
  • MEDIC Athens – 213 E. Washington Ave. Suite 104 (8:30am – 5:00pm)
  • MEDIC Crossville -96 Hayes St. (8:30am – 5:00pm CDT)
  • Lowe’s Alcoa – 1098 Hunters Crossing Dr. (10:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Books-A-Million Oak Ridge – 310 S. Illinois Ave. (11:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Walmart Morristown – 475 Crockett Trace Dr. (12:00pm – 6:00pm)
  • Walmart Halls – 7550 Norris Fwy. (11:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Walmart Jacksboro – 2824 Appalachian Hwy. (12:00pm – 6:00pm)
  • Walmart Walker Springs – 8445 Walbrook Dr. (11:00am – 7:00pm)

Both Days:

Blood draws only for PSA test for prostate cancer screening are also available at any American Esoteric Laboratories location:

  • AEL Knoxville – 7501 Strawberry Plains Pike (8:00am – 4:30pm)
  • AEL Morristown – 1907 West Morris Blvd. Suite F (8:00am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4:30pm)
  • AEL Wartburg – 1236 Knoxville Hwy. (8:30am – 4:30pm)

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