VIDEO: Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes stars at Breakfast with Champions fundraiser for UCSD prostate-cancer research in La Jolla

Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes and Christopher Kane, M.D., chief of the Division of Urology at UCSD’s School of Medicine, are key speakers at the Breakfast with Champions fundraiser to benefit prostate-cancer research at UCSD School of Medicine, held Feb. 22, 2013 at La Jolla Country Club. (Photo by Daniel K. Lew)

UC San Diego held its inaugural Breakfast with Champions fundraiser for prostate cancer research Feb. 22, 2013 at La Jolla Country Club. The event featured Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and prostate cancer survivor Mike Haynes, who discussed his experiences as a champion, both on and off the field. Haynes played for the New England Patriots from 1976-1982 and Los Angeles Raiders from 1983-1989. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit prostate cancer research at the UCSD School of Medicine.

Watch La Jolla Light’s video interviews with Haynes and (his doctor) Christopher Kane, M.D., chief of the Division of Urology at UCSD’s School of Medicine, who discuss the event, prostate cancer awareness and the latest findings about cancer treatment by clicking on the two images below:

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• VIDEO: Click on the image above to see a video of Christopher Kane, M.D., chief of the Division of Urology at UCSD’s School of Medicine, at the Breakfast with Champions, or go to: Kane gives insight into the breakfast event, the importance of prostate-cancer screenings, an overview of UCSD Moores Cancer Center and latest developments in prostate-cancer research.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among men in the United States, just second to non-melanoma skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society’s estimates for 2013, roughly one in six men will be diagnosed with the disease.

“We have developed a world-class program for prostate cancer patients at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center with the goal of better serving the families in our community,” Kane said. “The most important goal is to provide compassionate and excellent care, from meticulous surgery to technologically advanced radiation therapy and the most experienced care for men with high risk and advanced disease.”

At the breakfast event, Kane spoke about advances in prostate cancer research and patient care. UC San Diego researchers are investigating every aspect of prostate cancer in order to more effectively address the whole spectrum of the disease, starting with early detection.

“So few men know about this disease — it’s a little scary,” Haynes said. “That is why Dr. Kane’s and UC San Diego’s commitment to early detection is so important. We’re committed to raising awareness because prostate cancer, if caught early, is treatable.”

Signed memorabilia from Haynes and another Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Deacon Jones, were featured in a silent auction during the breakfast.

To learn more about the UC San Diego Division of Urology, visit

• More about Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes and his efforts increase prostate-cancer awareness

Michael Haynes is committed to sharing the message of early prostate cancer detection as a spokesperson for the Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer Campaign. Haynes discovered he had prostate cancer in a 2008 after attending an event conducted by the American Urological Association (AUA) Foundation and supported by the National Football League (NFL) Player Care Foundation. Now a prostate cancer survivor, he speaks on behalf of the Foundation, encouraging men to talk with their doctors about getting tested for this deadly disease.

Haynes’ professional football career began when he was the fifth player selected in the 1976 draft. A first-round draft choice of the New England Patriots, Haynes was voted the NFL defensive rookie of the year. He was selected by his peers to represent the AFC in nine Pro Bowls during his 14-year NFL career with the Patriots (1976-1982) and Los Angeles Raiders (1983-1989) and earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1983 Raiders.

Haynes is widely recognized as one of the NFL’s greatest defensive backs. He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1994, named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1995 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2009, Haynes and his former Raiders teammate, Lester Hayes, were named the best cornerback tandem in NFL history by the NFL Network program “NFL’s Top 10.”

During his playing career, Haynes recognized the need to prepare for life after football and began to establish the groundwork for his career off the field. He spent a distinguished seven years at Callaway Golf, a global leader in the development and manufacture of golf equipment, with six years as its global licensing manager prior to being promoted to vice president of recreational golf development. He returned to the NFL in 2002 where he led the Player Development Department, which created and managed programs to help players transition into and out of the NFL. Haynes also held the position of special advisor to the commissioner of the NFL, responsible for providing counsel on player issues. He is now the President and founder of Mike Haynes & Associates (MH&A), a consulting company with more than 35 years of experience that takes a holistic approach to problem solving. MH&A works with clients that demonstrate a commitment to a winning culture, seek a competitive edge and value making a difference in our shared community.

Giving back to the community plays a large role in Haynes’ philosophy. He is a passionate advocate for issues that often times break barriers and bring about meaningful improvements and change. He has received numerous honors for following his desire to make a positive contribution in the world. Haynes received the Gilder Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation for his willingness to use his personal experience with prostate cancer to encourage men to learn about prostate health.

Also, he was inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame, which was founded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to recognize outstanding accomplishments in sports administration. Haynes was honored for his personal decorum while becoming a role model to others and rising to the highest level of excellence in his chosen career.

Compiled by Daniel K. Lew

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