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A challenge gift of $1 million has been made by Wade F.B. Thompson, chairman, president and CEO of Thor Industries Inc., to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC) for 2007.
According to a press release, the move is designed to persuade individuals, corporations and foundations to give for the first time, renew a gift or increase their support.
The challenge is broken down into two parts. NPCC is challenged to raise the first $500,000 before June 30. If that amount is met on time, a second $500,000 challenge gift will be issued by Thompson with a deadline of Dec. 31.
Thompson, a three-cancer survivor, founded the Drive Against Prostate Cancer – a mobile screening program for prostate cancer managed by the NPCC. In 2005, Thor Industries Inc. donated the program’s two vehicles to the NPCC.
“Despite exercise, a good diet, and annual check-ups, prostate cancer can strike anyone, at any time,” Thompson said. “Early detection is the key. I am alive nearly 11 years after detection because my cancer was caught early and I urge every man to get tested.”