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Sand Gnats Team President to Get Prostate Exam While Singing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'

August 15, 2014

Savannah, Ga.- The Savannah Sand Gnats will be raising awareness for cancer during their game on Saturday, August 16, at Historic Grayson Stadium as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Night. Sand Gnats team president John Katz will receive a prostate exam while singing the seventh inning stretch classic, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Katz was nominated as the next participant among baseball executives to help raise awareness for cancer by "Playing it Forward." Myrtle Beach Pelicans vice president and general manager Andy Milovich first received a prostate exam during a Pelicans game and then nominated Lake Elsinore Storm president Dave Oster to take the challenge. Oster complied, and challenged Charleston RiverDogs general manager Dave Echols to do the same. Echols used the "Two Knuckle Challenge" to gain Facebook "likes" for "Fierce Fallon," a page dedicated to fundraising for nine-year-old cancer patient Fallon Emery of Carolina Forest, S.C.

"Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer among men after skin cancer," said Katz. "Early detection and treatment leads to high survival and cure rates."

Katz, 44, has never been known to back down from a challenge. He enlisted his physician, Dr. John Barrett, to lend a "helping hand" and administer the exam.

The Sand Gnats will continue that trend, asking to gain Facebook "likes" for "Fierce Fallon," as well as "Team Alexa- Fight Back." Alexa, a five-year-old brain tumor patient, formed a close connection with several Sand Gnats players during a recent hospital visit, and spent the day Tuesday playing with her new friends at the ballpark.

"I'm proud to have the opportunity to raise awareness for Fallon and Alexa," Katz added. "Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure has made amazing strides in educating men about prostate cancer, and I am honored to do my part and take one for the team." 

Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure organization will also be on hand, distributing information on prostate cancer and the importance of screening for the dangerous disease. A Sand Gnats team autographed baseball bat will be raffled off by Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure.

The Gnats will be taking on the Greenville Drive with a first pitch of 6:05 p.m. Gates to Historic Grayson Stadium will open at 5:00 p.m. Fans can stay after the game for a spectacular fireworks display brought to you by Pruitt Health.

Check the Sand Gnats Facebook page next week for video highlights, and to see who Katz will challenge next.