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Long Island’s largest car show supports prostate cancer research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Long Island Cruizin' for a Cure
Long Island Cruizin’ for a Cure

Of the 250,000 American men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, about 1% will develop lethal, metastatic disease. Finding a way to distinguish between this small cohort and the majority of patients who will develop non-lethal prostate cancer is a key focus of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) scientists Lloyd Trotman and Jim Hicks.

Cold Spring Harbor, NY — Long Island Cruizin’ for a Cure is an annual antique and classic car show started seven years ago by prostate cancer survivor, Sandy Kane to raise awareness of the disease and spread the word about the importance of early detection.  Attendees at the event are invited to take advantage of free prostate cancer screenings provided on site by North Shore LIJ Health System volunteers. The event is organized entirely by volunteers. All profits go to support prostate cancer research and to encourage screenings.

CSHL cancer scientists Lloyd Trotman and Jim Hicks receive a $10,000 donation from Sandy Kane, chair of Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure. Of the 250,000 American men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, about 1% will develop lethal, metastatic disease. Finding a way to distinguish between this small cohort and the majority of patients who will develop non-lethal prostate cancer is a key focus of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) scientists Lloyd Trotman and Jim Hicks.  The team, in collaboration with clinical scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, studies the evolution of human prostate cancer using highly faithful, patient-specific prostate cancer mouse models. The team has shown that deletion of certain phosphatase genes could be a marker for advanced disease. Additionally, the team is working toward devising a diagnostic tool based on single cell sequencing so that cancer cells with metastatic potential can be identified and treated with a tailored cocktail of drugs that halt or prevent lethal spread of the disease.

This year’s Cruizin’ for a Cure will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Sears Automotive Center on Routes 106/107 in Hicksville (LIE exit 41 South; Northern State exit 35 South). The show, Long Island’s largest, will feature hot rods, custom cars, muscle and classic cars as well as specialty vehicles, motorcycles and antique fire apparatus. The show is geared toward family entertainment with food, vendor booths, an afternoon doo-wop concert and a “Kids Fun Zone” including a radio-controlled model racecar track and fingerprint ID program.

For more information about Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure, contact Sandy Kane at info@licruizinforacure.com, 888-LICRUIZ (542-7849) or visit www.licruizinforacure.com

Written by: Public Affairs | publicaffairs@cshl.edu | 516-367-8455

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program annually hosts more than 12,000 scientists. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and the DNA Learning Center with programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu