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Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor Industries Inc. and the National Prostrate Cancer Coalition recently rolled out a second mobile testing unit as part of their co-sponsorship in the national “Drive Against Prostrate Cancer” program.
The new 39-foot vehicle built by Thor subsidiary Airstream Inc. offers blood tests and exams that provide early diagnosis of prostrate cancer.
The original mobile unit has screened approximately 40,000 men since the program was founded in 2000 by Wade F. B. Thompson, Thor’s chairman and CEO and a prostate cancer survivor.
“This program has been enormously successful in early detection of the disease by providing a screening resource to thousands of men who may not have otherwise sought or received prostate cancer screening,” Thompson said. “We have raised the awareness of this silent killer and have probably saved over 2,000 lives as a result.” Thompson noted one of the unique elements of the program has been the involvement of Thor’s suppliers and other partners in the RV and bus industries.
“The generosity of Thor’s vendors, financing sources, and other partners has been remarkable,” he said.