HOUSTON - Gabe Canales is a man on a mission.
But he’s the first to say that what he’s doing isn’t about him even though he knows first-hand what prostate cancer is all about.
“No 35 year old guy or guy of any age wants to hear that,” Canales said.
Gabe was diagnosed with the disease and has battled it ever since which is why this fight means so much to him.
“There’s so much more that we can do that we’re simply not doing right now,” Canales said.
The Blue Cure Foundation (www.bluecure.org) was created to raise awareness for prostate cancer detection and prevention. They’re next goal is a lofty one.
“Having something powerful, something symbolic like lighting the White House blue, I truly believe it will have a ripple effect,” Canales said.
Blue Cure has set up a petition on the White House website. They need 100,000 signatures for the White Houston to review it. To sign the petition, click here.
“We can use this to change the conversation,” Canales said.
Several Texans players feel the same way.
“I’m all for it man,” Texans LT Duane Brown said.
Brown along with Chris Myers, Garrett Graham, Brooks Reed and Whitney Mercilus have taken to social media to push the cause. They’ve been joined by celebrities, politicians and musicians and it’s become a nationwide effort to make a difference.
“When you are a sports figure, when you are a celebrity, you have influence,” Canales said. “It’s meaningful when you see that type of support, when they throw their support behind something like this.”
“It’s really something that I think everyone should pay attention to and I think Blue Cure is a good organization to do that,” Brown said. “It’s been great and I’m hoping for the best.”
Lighting a building would be great, but it isn’t the ultimate objective.
“It gives me hope that we will accomplish something that will help people, that will impact lives,” Canales said.
Here is a list of celebrities, politicians and musicians that have backed the #WhiteHouseBlue campaign.
Seth Rogen (2.13M Twitter followers)
Blake Griffin (2.51M)
David Spade (2.1M)
Andy Richter (594K)
Christina Applegate (1.48M)
Sophia Bush (974k)
Valerie Bertinelli (165k)
Diablo Cody (408k)
Modern Family executive producer Danny Zuker (225k)
Sydney Leroux (184k)
Jerry O’Connell (35k)
Ana Gasteyer (100k)
Kaitlin Olson (330k)
Kate Moennig (167k)
Jenny Mollen (138k)
Jenna Elfman (84k)
Eric Winston (president of the NFL Players’ Association)
Dr. Rod Paige
Congressman Pete Olson
Congressman Gene Green
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
Houston Mayor Annise Parker
Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames
Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales
Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen
Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez
Sports Agent Drew Rosenhaus (169k followers)
Houston rapper Bun B (940k)