New York, NY, – New York Yankees player, Tyler Austin, steps up to share his battle with Testicular Cancer at the age of 17 to kick off April’s Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. He’s set out to sell 1000 Limited Edition T-Shirts that he helped design to fund an early detection awareness event put on by the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.
Affecting nearly 7,000 to 8,000 men per year in the United States, testicular cancer is a disease in which cancer develops in one or both of a man’s testicles. After his diagnosis of a fast-growing teratoma tumor, he quickly learned that this was the same cancer that Lance Armstrong survived. Through Armstrong’s story of raising money for cancer research, Austin felt strongly about raising awareness for the same disease that threatened his own life. The successful surgery to remove the tumor prognosis was ultimately attributed to his early diagnosis after complaining he felt pain.
“When I was 17 years old I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and it was a really scary time in my life. After a couple surgeries, I am now cancer free which is amazing.” said Austin. “The reason I am doing this is to try to get the word out about how important early detection is with this disease. And with Athletes Brand and the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation, I believe that we can spread a good word about this.”
Proceeds from shirt sales will benefit the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation’s annual awareness campaign, “Running of the Balls”. The foundation aims to raise awareness of early detection and treatment for the disease.
The limited-edition “Ball Out” T-shirt can be purchased at AthletesBrand.com from April 2nd, 2018, until the 1000 Limited Edition shirts are sold out. The shirts are available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes.
About Tyler Austin
Tyler Austin is a professional baseball player for the New York Yankees. The first baseman/right fielder and native of Conyers, GA was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 17. Austin was later drafted by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from Heritage High School.
About Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation
The Foundation was established in memory of Sean Kimerling, the Emmy Award-winning anchor of WB 11 sports and pre-game announcer for the Mets. Sean died from testicular cancer on September 9, 2003 at the young age of 37. Their mission is to raise awareness of testicular cancer and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. They also work to provide answers and promote action in the fight against testicular cancer.
About Athletes Brand
Athletes Brand is an athlete driven fashion brand that crafts clothing for athletes’ everyday needs away from their sport. Its mission is to help athletes use their power of influence to make a difference in the world through sports, fashion, art and philanthropy. More at AthletesBrand.com.