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Proud father to MLB star Ken Griffey, Jr., Griffey, Sr. is a MLB legend himself shared his thoughts on all the current baseball happenings as well as some fatherly anecdotes.

This summer marks four years since Griffey was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and it has become his mission to educate men about the importance of prostate health. His mission starts at home, and he is diligent in speaking with sons Ken Jr., and Craig frequently about the increased risk they face being African-American and having a long family history of the disease.

To help educate men across the U.S., Griffey has teamed up with Kimberly-Clark Corp. and its Depend brand for a four-month campaign called “The Depend Campaign to End Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer

More than 192,000 American men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, with 27,360 men dying from the disease

One in six men will experience prostate cancer during his lifetime, with African-American men at a special risk for the disease and the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world – one in four.

The chances of getting prostate cancer are one in three if you have just one close relative (father, brother) with the disease. The risk is 83% with two close relatives. With three, it’s almost a certainty (97%).

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of male cancer-related death in the United States.

Nearly 100% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer while it is in the early stages are still alive five years from diagnosis*. Of men diagnosed in the late stages of the disease, 33.4% survive 5 years*.

*Does not include those who died from causes other than prostate cancer

Source: As reported by the American Cancer Society

The Depend Campaign to End Prostate Cancer

Four-month long initiative aimed at informing men about the risks of prostate cancer and the importance of early detection.

Depend products are a valued resource for men experiencing prostate-health issues, specifically recovery from prostate cancer surgery.

Through 2010, a portion of the proceeds from every purchase Depend for Men Underwear and Depend for Men Guards will go to a final donation of $250,000 to ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer.

Other sports legends participating in the campaign include Mike Bossy., Ozzie Smith, Jim Kelly, Rod Woodson, Joe Cortez and Len Dawson.