The musician’s legacy lives on for more than the music

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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – The legacy of a well-known American musician lives on today, but not entirely because of his music

While many enjoy listening to Dan Fogelberg, for some the influence runs much deeper and lives are saved.

“On December 16, 2007, a musical hero, a man named Dan Fogelberg, died of prostate cancer. The very next day, the Friends of Fogelberg were born,” said Joe Ed Coffman, founder of Fogelberg.

Coffman and the Friends of Fogelberg launched a mission to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the importance of early detection.

The organization holds annual concerts to raise funds and has partnered with local medical groups to provide free prostate cancer screenings for more than a decade.

With prostate cancer, early detection is absolutely essential.

“For men who are identified early, our cure rates are very, very high. Cancer is a sneaky thing, and so there’s not a 100%, for any cancer that we treat, but for the guys who are identified early, their cure rate is often in the 90% range,” said Amarillo Urology. Associates Dr. David Wilhelm, MD.

There are usually no symptoms with prostate cancer until the cancer has spread and is much more life threatening.

The PSA test can detect the presence of cancer at an early and treatable stage. After a simple and quick blood test during screening, the results are then mailed to your home.

That’s how I found out I had prostate cancer.

“You were found early and I think you can still go on and live a normal life,” Wilhelm said.

The concert is tomorrow night at the Globe News Center and tickets are still available.

The free PSA screening will take place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Amarillo Urology Associates building.

It’s free and fast, but it may be the most important five minutes of some men’s lives.

“Because of the death of Dan Fogelberg, many living men have been found to have prostate cancer. They wouldn’t have known if they hadn’t come for the free PSA test,” Coffman said.

Fortunately and very fortunately, there are survivors and thanks to the Friends of Fogelberg, many more men can be screened this week, catch prostate cancer early and have a very bright future.

It’s good news.

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