D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks) will be honored tomorrow night by Jane Seymour's Open Hearts Foundation, which supports organizations that are committed to positively impacting lives in the areas of health, education, arts and sports. Hall is being recognized for his efforts in raising awareness for prostate cancer and the launch of his new 501(c)(3) organization, the Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation.
"I'm extremely humbled to be honored by such a wonderful organization alongside several incredible people who have truly made a difference in the lives of others," said Hall. "I've often said that being diagnosed with prostate cancer has given me a platform to educate others and this wonderful event is another way that we will be able to do just that."
The event, which is held at the Malibu, Calif. home of James Keach and Jane Seymour, will also honor actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Travis Mills and anti-bullying advocates Lauren Parsekian-Paul and Molly Thompson. The night will feature musical performances by Cheap Trick and Delta Rae. Past honorees include Emmitt Smith Hannah Storm, Marie Tillman, Kristi Yamaguchi, Rodney Peete and Robin Roberts, among others.
Last week, Hall announced the launch of his new charitable endeavor, the Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation, which is dedicated to serving as a comprehensive tool for those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families to help them understand the challenges and choices they face and how they can maintain a "pro" state of mind.
The foundation's website, www.pro-state.org, will serve as a resource for medical patients who find themselves embarking upon unknown territory with a recent prostate cancer diagnosis. The site provides access to support groups, access to free screening/testing, financial assistance and an FAQ section with information organized by Phoenix-based Dr. Y. Mark Hong, a Board-certified urologist and passionate philanthropist who is on the foundation's Board of Directors.
Known throughout the Valley and the game of baseball for his never-ending positivity and pioneering spirit, Hall has used his platform as one of the state's most influential business leaders to encourage all men to get tested after age 40, as his early diagnosis led to his successful surgery and treatment, as well as a current clean bill of health.