June 17, 2013 - ReproTech, Ltd., a cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian/testicular tissue), was a sponsor in the Sparks, NV Dash for Dads Prostate Cancer 5K benefitting local families affected by prostate cancer.
ReproTech, Ltd. was proud to sponsor the Sparks, NV Dash for Dads on Father's Day, June 16. ReproTech's Reno, NV staff and their families participated in the 5K event held at the Sparks Marina. The event was hosted by Cancer Awareness of Nevada, a local non-profit organization that assists families touched by cancer in Northern Nevada, with the title sponsor being Urology Nevada. The mission of the event was to increase awareness about prostate cancer and provide resources both for early testing and for financial assistance toward cancer treatment.
About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer is most common in older men, after age 40, however it is becoming more common for younger men to be diagnosed. African-American men and those with a family history of the disease are at a higher risk. If caught early, prostate cancer is highly curable, however, chemotherapy and other treatments can affect the reproductive system and fertility. There is often a small window of time for these men to preserve their fertility; therefore, access to cryopreservation services is extremely important. Both the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommend the education of oncology patients about the options available to preserve their fertility.
ReproTech, Ltd. has organized the Fertility Preservation Network to educate oncology professionals and caretakers, as well as provide the much needed cryopreservation services for men and women. The network now includes members in 33 states and the Caribbean. Additionally, the work of fertileHOPE and LiveSTRONG has advanced the awareness of the need for Fertility Preservation among the oncology community.
ReproTech regularly sponsors or contributes funds to cancer fundraising events in the areas where its employees and four regional cryostorage centers reside, Ft. Lauderdale/Coconut Creek, Florida; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Reno, Nevada and Mesquite/Dallas, Texas. Previous cancer fundraising events sponsored by ReproTech, Ltd. include various Race for the Cure and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) events, Lance Armstrong Foundation events and many other local events benefitting cancer survivors and research.