Us TOO was founded in 1990 by five men in Chicago. They started with the intention of forming the first prostate cancer support group. The “Us TOO” name reflects the fact that while women have well-publicized issues with breast cancer, men, too, clearly have a major cancer problem.
In 25 years, Us TOO has grown to over 300 support groups and chapters in the US and six foreign countries. The name was change to Us TOO International. It was founded by . . . and continues to be governed by people directly affected by prostate cancer. The mission is to provide comprehensive educational materials and resources along with support services. The purpose is to help men and their families make informed decisions about prostate cancer detection, treatment options and related side effects. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
One of the initial chapters of Us TOO was Tex US TOO, also founded in 1990 and located in Houston, TX. In 2009, Tex US TOO, Inc. was incorporated and recognized as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS. At the end of April 2018, there were 545 members. Meeting dates are on the second Monday of each month, excepting August and the site is at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Our activities and assets include monthly meetings, participation in community health fairs, brochures, an informative monthly newsletter, a telephone hot line, and a website www.texustoo.org We do not provide endorsements or recommendations for any medical treatment, product, service or course of action. For the past 16 years, our signature effort has been our Dad’s Day 5k event. It has attracted more than 11,000 participants.
HOW DID THE DAD’S DAY 5k EVENT GET STARTED ?
During the monthly Tex US TOO chapter meeting in September, 1999, Joe Piper, one of our founding Directors said, “I think we should have a 5k run like Komen does.” After that meeting, the first volunteers gather around Joe and he proposed a date for the first DD5k planning meeting. The initial DD5k was held on June 18, 2000 and there were 256 registered runners. The event has evolved into three races: a timed 5k, a 3k family walk/run and a 1k event for kids. It is designed to appeal to serious runners, active families, and also to not-so-active families. In 2015, there were 1376 registered runners.