(WBIR - Maryville) Some East Tennessee men, their loved ones and a hall of fame figure hit the road Saturday morning for a motorcycle ride to raise awareness for prostate cancer.
Hall of Fame and former UT Head Football Coach Phillip Fulmer joined in the fourth annual Man Ride which was created to increase awareness of prostate cancer.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center and Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson organized the motorcycle ride.
Bob Spining is a prostate cancer survivor and helped come up with the idea for the Man Ride.
Spining said the ride truly helps save lives because all of the money raised helps fund UT's prostate cancer early detection screenings.
But he admits sometimes it's hard to convince men to get checked out.
"That's one of the things we're really really aware of is how big prostate cancer is and how we're trying to support UT medical in getting at least some kind of awareness to stubborn guys so they at least get annual physicals," Spining said.
He also said since the program was created four years ago, UT has screened more than 2800 men for prostate cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 238,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the US in 2013 and nearly 30,000 men will die of the disease.