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SEATTLE - (June 27, 2008) — Shelby Webster, a young man originally from Tumwater, Wash., will join physicians, patients and other testicular cancer survivors Monday, July 14 at 1:30 p.m. for the 4th Annual Shelby Webster Golf Tournament at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Each year the tournament raises funds for testicular cancer education and indigent care at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Shelby Webster was a senior at Tumwater High School when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2004. He endured two surgeries and four rounds of chemotherapy at Virginia Mason Medical Center to treat his cancer. He is now a senior at Western Washington University.

The young man and his family were so pleased with his care and recovery at Virginia Mason that they initiated and planned the event to help raise money for testicular cancer education. The event has grown each year.

"Shelby is an inspiration to young men, particularly those who may be shocked by receiving a diagnosis of cancer at a very young age," said Christopher Porter, MD, Webster's urologist at Virginia Mason. "Shelby faced his cancer head-on while still in high school when most young men are consumed with things like sports and studies and a busy social life. His ongoing dedication to helping advance education about testicular cancer and facilitating care for those who cannot afford it is a wonderful example for us all."

In the United States, between 7,500 and 8,000 diagnoses of testicular cancer are made each year. Over a lifetime, a man's risk of testicular cancer is roughly 1 in 250. It is most common among males aged 15-35 years, particularly those in their mid-twenties.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Adult Day Health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

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