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!

On Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15, 2017, there will be Eddie Check locations all over East Tennessee.


Thursday, September 14

  • MEDIC Knoxville
    1601 Ailor Ave., Knoxville
    - Remote: Phil Williams News/Talk 98.7 FM remote, 6:00-10:00 a.m.
    - Remote: Hallerin Hill News/Talk 98.7 FM remote, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
  • MEDIC Farragut
    11000 Kingston Pike
    7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    - Remote: Erik Ainge WNML remote, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    - Remote: John & Jimmy Sports Talk Radio WNML remote, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
  • MEDIC Crossville
    79 South Main St.
    12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (CDT)
  • Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center
    6450 Provision Cares Way, Knoxville
    9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    - Remote: Gunner WIVK FM remote, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Walmart Oneida
    19740 Alberta St
    10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Books-A-Million Oak Ridge
    310 S. Illinois Ave
    10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Walmart Morristown
    475 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy.
    10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Lowe's Harriman
    1800 Roane State Hwy.
    10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


Friday, September 15

American Esoteric Laboratories (AEL) is generously processing all blood samples drawn. If you can’t get to one of the Eddie Check locations, AEL can do a blood draw for your PSA test at one of their three locations during Eddie Check:

AEL Knoxville
7501 Strawberry Plains Pike
Knoxville, TN. 37924

Hours -8:00 am – 5:00 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 – 8:00 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 14 years, Eddie Check has collected 11,900 units of blood, given 10,500 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.

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