Eddie Check Event

Eddie Check is an annual blood drive and free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing event designed to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

The PSA test is a simple blood test that screens for prostate cancer by measuring the amount of PSA (a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate) in your blood. Large amounts of PSA may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. Men should still have an annual digital exam with their physician.

This year over 26,000 men will die of prostate cancer. But there’s still good news. If prostate cancer is caught early, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 100%. The numbers say it all — get tested!


Thursday, September 9, 2021

Friday, September 10, 2021

American Esoteric Laboratories (AEL) generously processed all blood samples drawn. If someone couldn't get to one of the Eddie Check locations, AEL did a blood draw for their PSA test at one of their three locations during Eddie Check:

AEL Knoxville
7501 Strawberry Plains Pike
Knoxville, TN. 37924

Hours -8:00 am – 4:30 pm

AEL Morristown
1907 West Morris Blvd, Suite F
Morristown, TN 37813

Hours 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Lunch 12:30 – 1:30

AEL Wartburg
1236 Knoxville Hwy
Wartburg, TN 37887

Hours – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

How Eddie Check got started

In 2004, Rockford-based Nisus Corporation, a manufacturer of sustainable products for the pest control and wood preservation industries, teamed up with area hospitals and MEDIC Regional Blood Center to create Eddie Check, an annual event that adds free PSA screening for prostate cancer to blood drives. It was a simple strategy using MEDIC's already existing resources to make it fast and easy for men to get a blood sample drawn for the screening.

Nisus has a personal stake in the fight; marketing vice president Jim Gorman is a prostate cancer survivor, while company president and CEO Kevin L. Kirkland lost his father, Eddie Kirkland, to the disease. In fact, “Eddie Check” is named for Eddie Kirkland.

In the last 17 years, Eddie Check has collected 13,959 units of blood, given 12,445 free PSA’s and saved countless lives.

Kevin L. Kirkland (left), President and CEO of Nisus Corporation, and Jim Gorman, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, are the founders of Eddie Check.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters