Around Men’s Issues
Mankind™ is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation located
in Dallas, Texas, and hosts numerous charity events along
with fundraisers every year to increase awareness of men's
health issues and support men in times of medical crisis.
Mankind™ is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation located in Dallas, Texas, and hosts numerous charity events along with fundraisers every year to increase awareness of men's health issues and support men in times of medical crisis.
To make every man aware of the facts around men's health issues. Mankind™ promises to help save lives and end suffering from all men's health issues by encouraging men to receive annual tests, and by encouraging everyone to help scientists in their research efforts.
Our initiative is founded on the premise that no man should go without the essential care necessary to be free of the burdens brought on by various illnesses.
Due to the lack of financial resources, many men who are chronically ill or have significant health care issues are forced into prolonged suffering. Mankind™ is a community effort focused on providing men with the support and resources that are critical for them and their loved ones in order to significantly improve their quality of life. Simultaneously, we aim to spread awareness to all of Mankind™ the medical issues men regularly face.
“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”
Mankind™ Board Members
Mankind™ is made possible by the men who volunteer their time and energy to expand our cause to help all of mankind.
Eric Becker is the COO of Canyon Foods, President of the Food Sales Association Scholarship Fund, and the President and Founder of Mankind™.
Jason W. Taylor
Volunteer Board Member
Jason W. Taylor is the President and Founder of Code Authority, CodeLaunch, and is the Vice President of Mankind™.
Volunteer Board Member
As VP of Services with Armeta Analytics, Dan helps companies find opportunities buried in their data. He has a lovely wife and a son (who can beat you in chess).
Volunteer Board Member
Nick is a Forensic Technologist. When not spending time volunteering, he is conducting corporate investigations centered around data analysis!
Volunteer Board Member
Mike Colvin is a '97 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with almost 20 years of accounting experience in the technology industry. He has a lovely family and enjoys playing golf in his free time.
Volunteer Board Member
Travis Robertson is an Application Developement Manager at American Airlines and devotes his spare time to helping mankind.
We’re very grateful for the lives we’ve impacted through our mission. Here are stories from some of the men that Mankind™ has benefited throughout the years.
Bruce Sereika, McKinney, TX
During routine blood work, Dr. Alling of Decatur, Texas, expressed concern at the level of my PSA test. He referred me to Dr. Doubrava, an Urologist also of Decatur, who tortured me by taking samples of my prostate. He found that all twelve samples contained cancer and sat me down for a long conversation about my options.
I am so grateful to know that I do not face this alone. I have become aware of how many men have faced this and survived. I'm also aware that many men will face this struggle until medical science elminiates it, and that's why I am so grateful for Mankind™ and the men who make up this organization. I'm also grateful for the men who have been blessed through Mankind™. I feel like they are my partners in this battle.
Read Bruce’s Full Story
Ron Adkins, Dallas, TX
In 2015, Ron Adkins was living a quiet retired life with his wife of 48 years in Plano. It was during a routine annual heart procedure follow up that the nurse reported to him his PSA count was abnormally high. “What does that mean?” was his reaction. Not long after more tests confirmed the bad news. Ron was positive for Prostate Cancer.
On February 6, Mankind™ issued $3,000 of direct financial aid to Ron and his family and plans to raise more donations through their annual gold fundraiser on April 6.
See Ron’s Full Story
Daniel Gebremichael, McKinney, TX
Daniel T. Gebremichael is a 75-year-old man who lives in McKinney together with his wife in the home of their eldest daughter Timnit who is 41 years old. Daniel, his wife and Timnit are all permanent residents (green card) of the United States.
Daniel and three of his five children gradually immigrated from Ethiopia and Eritrea to the USA over the past few decades due to the prolonged civil war there. One other sibling to Timnit lives in Texas (Houston).
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My playing this game that I love could have been cut short if it hadn’t been for my yearly prostate screening! My prostate cancer was detected in the Fall of 2006 during my regular
I was very fortunate in the fact that one of the top five prostate cancer surgery teams were here in Birmingham, AL and I was able to have Dr. Scott Tully perform a Robotic Radical Prostatectomy in April of 2007. Even though my cancer had been able to spread outside of my prostate, they were able to remove it all.
I owe my life to three things, (1) having a yearly physical, (2) the skill of Dr. Tully and his team at St. Vincent Hospital and (3) the grace of my Lord, Jesus Christ.
Earl, Dallas, TX
Earl’s brother-in-law was seeing his doctor at Dallas Pelvic Medicine Center for a routine visit and told Earl about Mankind’s™ charitable assistance program. He thought of Earl because he knew Earl was going through a challenging financial struggle. Earl had family history of prostate cancer and needed to be pro-active and have a new PSA level test performed.
Earl completed a financial aid application and subsequently board members Art Carillo and Jason W. Taylor along with founder Eric Becker met him for lunch to find out how Mankind™ could help Earl.
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I have lived a life without health concerns. Yes, I had high blood pressure. Yes, I did tear up a knee playing football decades ago. However, in general, my health has never been an issue and, in that regard, I lived life without health worries. Well, that was until October 2017. During routine blood work, Dr. Alling of Decatur, Texas, expressed concern at the level of my PSA test.
As is protocol, he placed me on antibiotics and instructed me to have it tested again in three weeks. I had been down this road about twelve years earlier and the antibiotics knocked out a small infection and that was the end of that. This time however, my PSA went up after three weeks. He referred me to Dr. Doubrava, an Urologist also of Decatur, who tortured me by taking samples of my prostate. He found that all twelve samples contained cancer and sat me down for a long conversation about my options. Due to the nature of the cancer, there was not a sense of immediate urgency.
He was not a surgeon and offered to refer me, depending on my decision, to another physician to carry out the procedure that I choose. I was very grateful because he spent at least an hour and twenty minutes with me and explained all of my options in great detail and answered all of my questions. The first option he mentioned was High Requency Ultrasound (HIFU). This is a relatively new procedure to the United States. It has been offered in other countries for a longer period of time. He jumped over this option, stating that there was no one in this area who performed HIFU. He explained in great detail the other procedures and the pros and cons of each. I had a pretty clear picture as I left his office about which procedure I would choose.
As I got in my truck and proceeded on to my destination, I heard a radio advertisement for HIFU now being performed in the Dallas area. I followed up with that and soon had an appointment with Dr. James Cochran at his office near Presbyterian Hospital. He explained to me in great detail the HIFU procedure and after about an hour and fifteen minutes with him, my mind was made up. HIFU was my choice. As a side note, I would highly recommend that anyone facing prostate cancer explore this procedure. He recommended that I begin hormone therapy for the purpose of reducing my testosterone level. This would rob the prostate cancer of its main fuel, testosterone, by simply lowering my testosterone production, and shrink my prostate making any procedure I choose less difficult. So now, I eagerly am awaiting the upcoming “hot flashes” and have found no sympathy from my wife regarding these symptoms.
There were other contributing factors in the decision that I made. There were also other obstacles that I faced. I have worked as a self-employed contractor most of my life. So, I did not have a lot of flexibility regarding recovery time. The HIFU procedure is usually an outpatient procedure and men are able to return to their work more quickly than the surgical options. Another facet of my dilemma was that as a self-employed individual, I had no health insurance. And on top of that, my business has slowed drastically beginning early in the summer. So, finances were an issue as well. I had no idea how I would pay for this procedure.
Sharon Watson, from Doctor Cochran's office, demonstrated great compassion for me and she jumped on board as my personal patient advocate. During her research, she learned of and immediately made me aware of Mankind™, an organization in the Dallas area which is solely focused on educating and providing a measure of financial assistance to men facing prostate cancer. After speaking with Jason Taylor, I filled out and sent an application immediately. Shortly thereafter, I heard from Jason and we scheduled a lunch meeting at his office. Like my perception of Sharon Watson, I felt like I had more friends to stand beside me as I faced this battle.
In 2015, Ron Adkins was living a quiet retired life with his wife of 48 years in Plano. At the age of 73, he had a confident outlook on his longevity and relatively few health problems. That might have been due to a couple of factors on his side.
First, he had been an active hunter for many years and had even enjoyed success as a published hunting content author for several prominent magazines. Second, his own mother had lived to 102 and his father to 94. His confidence, invigorated by his Christian faith, helped him courageously face double bypass heart surgery that year.
It was during a routine annual heart procedure follow up that the nurse reported to him his PSA count was abnormally high. “What does that mean?” was his reaction. Not long after more tests confirmed the bad news. Ron was positive for Prostate Cancer.
Consistent with his genetic gifts and fit nature Ron whipped the heart problems and was well on his way to recovery until a few months ago in October 2016.
Since Ron knew has own father had died with active prostate cancer at 94 (but not from prostate cancer) he didn’t dilly-dally around. Ron knew early detection and taking action was key in prostate cancer survival rates.
Ron began radiation treatment very soon after detection. The process and treatments have been going well without complications. Ron is thankful for that but reflects on the prostate biopsy procedure without much adoration. Although the doctor told him it “wouldn’t hurt a bit”, Ron says it is “by far the worst part”.
Ron was friends with local insurance agent Jay Goff who has been a frequent attendee of recent Mankind™ events and was well acquainted with our mission and our volunteer board member philosophy. Jay was fond of listening to Ron’s stories when they visited, whether it be from Ron’s glory days as GM of the Dallas Sidekicks or his hunting adventures. When Jay found out Ron had been struggling with the stress of property taxes, prostate cancer treatment and a fixed income, he referred him to Mankind™ on January 20th.
On February 6, Mankind™ issued $3,000 of direct financial aid to Ron and his family and plans to raise more donations through their annual golf fundraiser April 6.
Daniel T. Gebremichael is a 75-year-old man who lives in McKinney together with his wife in the home of their eldest daughter Timnit (41). Daniel, his wife, and Timnit are all permanent residents of the United States. Daniel and three of his five children gradually immigrated from Ethiopia and Eritrea to the USA over the past few decades due to the prolonged civil war there. One other sibling to Timnit lives in Texas (Houston).
Until recently Daniel had lived a long and healthy life and had confidently expected to live to age 100. This confidence was shaken in January 2016 when Daniel was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Daniel’s doctors are Mankind™ partner-practitioners Dr. French and Dr. Shuford of Dallas, TX. Daniel’s doctors told him that a robotic prostatectomy procedure was required in the very short term and consequently he underwent the procedure on February 22.
Before this upsetting news Daniel’s daughter was already under financial stress to care for her parents in her home. Neither Daniel or his wife have any earning power, nor do they have any medical insurance coverage, or retirement pension income. Their household is supported by Timnit’s income alone as she is single. She is employed in Fort Worth and commutes back and forth between Fort Worth and McKinney daily. The entire family is supported by Timnit’s $64,000 annual salary and there is no other income.
Sadly, Daniel’s family was already familiar with the challenge of prostate cancer. Daniel’s brother in Eritrea was diagnosed with prostate cancer recently as well. In fact, Daniel had booked flights home to visit his brother when he received his own diagnosis. The doctors recommended he cancel that trip and plan for the procedure, and so Daniel has followed their guidance and cancelled the flights. The airline is not going to refund Daniel’s nor his wife’s airfare which has added financial stress.
Daniel’s family incurred significant out of pocket medical expenses getting him diagnosed. The family is draining personal savings and using a credit card to pay Baylor hospital 50% ($16,400) for the procedure. The family is expecting thousands more in medical bills for the many types of ongoing care and medications which are expected in the year following the procedure. One such cost is Anesthesia which is estimated at more than $3,400 separate from the aforementioned $16,400.
On Feb 13 a Mankind™ representative reviewed eligibility for government assistance through Medicaid and Affordable Care Act coverage. Unfortunately for Daniel and his family it was verified no such assistance is available now, the late enrollment period expired Jan 31, and the first availability to apply for future coverage will be Nov 1 2016.
On Feb 18 Mankind™ released $1,000 of immediate aid to Daniel’s family and plans to raise more donations through their annual golf fundraiser April 6. Daniel and his family need financial assistance with over $20,000 due in anticipated medical bills.
Earl’s brother-in-law was seeing his doctor at Dallas Pelvic Medicine Center for a routine visit and told Earl about Mankind’s™ charitable assistance program. He thought of Earl because he knew Earl was going through a challenging financial struggle. Earl had family history of prostate cancer and needed to be pro-active and have a new PSA level test performed. Earl completed a financial aid application and subsequently board members Art Carillo and Jason W. Taylor along with founder Eric Becker met him for lunch to find out how Mankind™ could help Earl.
We were delighted to meet Earl that day as we learned of his story and challenges. Despite what might seem like an insurmountable situation to others, Earl had a positive and resilient attitude about his problems. He told us the story of his brother who died of prostate cancer two years ago, and how he had taken a PSA test, was told his levels were relatively high, and that he needed a follow up test to find out if the PSA levels were rising. However, Earl wasn’t able to afford the follow up visit and test because he was unemployed due to illness, and six weeks behind on his rent due to unemployment. Earl is about to become eligible for social security benefits in a few months and just needed some help to keep from getting evicted but was very honest and plainly told us he expected to end up in a shelter.
That’s when Mankind™ took action. We vetted the facts of Earl’s situation and discussed matters on his behalf with his landlord. Mankind™ was able to pay the landlord 100% of Earl’s overdue rent as of August 1, 2013 and in addition to that we arranged for a prostate cancer PSA screening visit at the DPMC and covered the complete cost of the visit, exam, testing and Earl’s transportation to and from the visit since Earl doesn’t have a car. In total, our contribution to Earl was nearly $1,000. “You all have relieved me of a tremendous burden, and I can’t thank you enough,” said Earl when we met him on August 9th at his house in south Dallas.
Mankind™ wants to thank everyone who has either sponsored or attended one of our charitable fundraising events. Without your support, we would not have been able to help Earl. We look forward to continuing program this year and in the future.
To provide men and their families needed support during times of medical crisis, and to promote awareness about men’s health issues.