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Bills alums team with sheriffs association for cancer awareness

The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation will have a new member of the team as the Niagara County Deputy Sheriffs Association joins as a partner in its “Cure the Blue” program. The statewide program is designed to bring awareness to prostate cancer research.

The program is sponsored by the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation.

Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy in American men and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, after lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates, about 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in 2013 and about 29,720 died from the disease.

“The Niagara County Deputy Sheriffs Association has always been so very supportive of the Bills Alumni, and we are thrilled to have them on board,” said Bills Alumni Booker Edgerson.

Edgerson, who twice survived a diagnosis of prostate cancer, said it has been his goal for quite a few years to promote prostate cancer awareness, especially to minority males.

He said over the years he watched how the NFL had worked to promote awareness of breast cancer, not only during the month of October, but year-round, as well as the success the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

“Our goal is to make the ‘Cure the Blue’ campaign as successful as the ‘pink’ breast cancer for women program is,” said Edgerson.

“Our organization understands the importance of this effort by the Bills Alumni Foundation, and we are proud to partner with them,” noted Jeff Newman, president of the Niagara County Sheriffs Association.

The “24” Prostate Cancer Project is a program that has been developed to raise financial support to raise awareness and to fund prostate cancer research. Edgerson’s jersey number was 24.

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Ed Rutkowski, a former Bill and Erie County executive, is president of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation. The group was founded in 1999 and includes past Bills players who have left an imprint on society during their football careers and want to continue to help their community.