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Ralph Macchio ‘Revved Up’ Awareness of Important Health Screenings

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Ralph Macchio ‘Revved Up’ Awareness of Important Health Screenings

Ralph Macchio and Howard Adler, MD, Medical Director of the Prostate Care Program, performing the ‘Wax On, Wax off’ technique on the ’47 Ford Convertible Coupe from the “Karate Kid” movie.

Stony Brook, NY, August 3, 2016 — On Sunday, July 31, 65 classic and exotic cars drove to Stony Brook University Cancer Center to partake in the first ever “Revved Up For a Cure Car Show.”  Over 200 participants had the chance to meet “Karate Kid” actor Ralph Macchio, who was ‘in the driver’s seat’ as celebrity host and judge, and to take photos with the ’47 Ford Convertible Coupe from the hit movie. 

Macchio helped raise awareness on the importance of health screenings, especially for men who spend a lot of time tuning up their vehicles but neglect to do the same with their own bodies.  For a ‘Healthy Tune-Up’, Stony Brook medical staff was present and gave the following free screenings:

  • Cholesterol Screening – 73 participants
  • Blood Pressure – 50 participants
  • Carotid Screening – 38 participants 
  • Prostate Screening Blood Test (PSA) – 28 participants
  • Varicose Veins Screening – 9 participants 

 “Several of the screenings resulted in patients requiring follow-up care, which emphasizes the importance and the impact of health awareness,” said Angela A. Kokkosis, MD, Co-Medical Director of the Vascular Lab, Stony Brook Medicine.

The proceeds from this souped-up event will support men’s cancer programs and services at Stony Brook University Cancer Center. 

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Yusuf Hannun, MD, Director of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, looks for the best car in show as a judge at the “Revved Up for a Cure Car Show.”

About Stony Brook University Cancer Center:

Stony Brook University Cancer Center is Suffolk County’s cancer care leader and a leader in education and research. With more than 20,000 inpatient and outpatient visits annually, the Cancer Center includes 12 multidisciplinary teams: Breast Cancer; Colorectal Cancer; Gynecologic Oncology; Head, Neck and Thyroid Oncology; Lung Cancer; Melanoma; Neurologic Oncology; Orthopaedic Oncology and Sarcoma; Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Stem Cell Transplantation and Hematologic Malignancy; Upper Gastrointestinal Oncology; and Urologic Oncology. The cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program and received the Commission’s Outstanding Achievement Award. The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center is the first center in New York State to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. To learn more, visit

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