1,100 MILES. 1 CAR.
3.5 BILLION MEN.
A cross-country adventure celebrating Men’s Health Week. We’re hitting the road in an all-electric Tesla, stopping to charge and talk to men across the country about men’s health issues – from lifestyle to life-saving.
The Drive includes:
• 1,100 miles from Central Florida to NYC
• Streaming live interviews with top physicians from around the world
• Real-world talks with men about important health issues
• Supporting research and scholarships for future health leaders
WHY WE DRIVE
Men’s health issues are important but they aren’t always discussed regularly and openly. It’s important that men are aware of health issues they could face and know they’re ok to talk about with their doctor, friends and family.
TEN MEN’S HEALTH FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW
1. Men are 24% less likely to go to the doctor than women
2. 100,000 live with chronic testicular pain each year
3. 1 in 2 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lives
4. 230,000 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer each year
5. Men are 2x as likely to die of Melanoma
6. Men can get breast cancer! Roughly 2,000+ cases a year and 400 deaths!
7. Men’s life expectancy is almost 5 years lower than women
8. 6 million are diagnosed with depression each year. Millions more won’t talk about it.
9. Men who sit 6+ hours a day have an 18% higher chance of dying from heart disease or diabetes
10. “Macho man” culture means men are less likely to talk
about physical and mental health
Much of this is preventable with lifestyle changes and open communication. Opening this conversation is why we drive.
FOR FUN. FOR AWARENESS. FOR A CAUSE.
All proceeds of the Drive for Men’s Health will help support genetic research in men’s health conditions and will support education scholarships for future innovators at our partner institution, Florida Polytechnic University. Help us raise funds to create a better tomorrow for men and for our future engineers, doctors and scientists at Florida Polytechnic University.
WHO IS BEHIND THE WHEEL ?
The Drive for Men’s Health was created by Dr.’s Sijo Parekattil and Jamin Brahmbhatt of The PUR Clinic, Clermont, Florida. The urologists share a passion for cars, robotics and all things men’s health. The PUR Clinic specializes in male infertility, robotic vasectomy reversal, chronic testicular pain, and have performed 1,000+ robotic microsurgical procedures – more than any other center. The campaign is managed by RAMSES - The Robotic Assisted Microsurgical & Endoscopic Society - an International Society aimed at promoting evidence based development of robotic assisted platforms and tools to hopefully impact microsurgery in a meaningful and beneficial manner.
Thursday June 12th 7:30am to 8:30am - South Lake Hospital, Clermont, FL
(Car Show from 7:30am to 8:30am at the Front Parking Lot of South Lake Hospital, Clermont, FL; Departure at 8:30am - Come Join Us!)
Friday June 13th - 8am - TESLA Showroom, Manhattan, New York
(In an all electric TESLA Model S)
We will only stop to recharge the electric vehicle (30-45min). During these stops, we will take part in educational lectures and activities to raise awareness for Men’s Health. Over 40 distinguished speakers from over 30 prominent universities and institutions from all over the globe are participating.
The purpose of the Drive for Men’s Health marathon is to increase awareness of men’s health issues and to encourage men to make their health a priority. Throughout the country, men are encouraged to get better sleep, quit smoking, be more active, eat healthy and decrease stress. As Urologists, Dr. Brahmbhatt and Dr. Parekattil plan to also increase awareness of chronic groin or testicular pain, post-vasectomy pain, post-inguinal hernia pain and male infertility.
This marathon is also geared at raising funds to help support two specific initiatives:
1) A research initiative for a novel genetic study on men with chronic groin or testicular pain, post-vasectomy pain and post-inguinal hernia pain. The PUR clinic is trying to assess if there may be any genetic abnormalities that could explain why some men suffer from these conditions.
2) A scholarship fund to cover tuition costs for students aspiring to attend the new Florida Polytechnic University, Lakeland, Florida. This is a one of kind engineering school geared at developing engineers for the future. The school uses industry and medical partnerships/internships as part of an immersive real-life training model so that all graduates would be engaged in solving current day problems during their entire educational experience. For more info visit: http://floridapolytechnic.org
All raised funds will be distributed as follows:
50% - For the men’s health genetic study initiative
50% - For scholarships to Florida Polytechnic University
ABOUT JAMIN BRAHMBHATT, MD & SIJO PAREKATTIL, MD
Both physicians are passionate about men’s health and providing the highest standard of urologic care to their patients. They have completed dual fellowships in robotic microsurgery and infertility. They are active members of many local and national healthcare organizations. They frequently speak at local, national, and international events educating the public on urologic diseases, male infertility, chronic groin or testicular pain, sexual medicine and low testosterone. They have published multiple books and journal articles on their research interests. For more info about both physicians visit: http://www.mypur.org
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