Renaissance painter Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.” We have to apply ourselves and take action, especially when it’s for a good cause. Sports broadcaster, TV/radio personality, renowned author and prostate cancer survivor, Ed Randall has taken this quote to heart applying it to his everyday life.
Ed Randall is the founder of Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure, a non-profit organization that raises awareness to prostate cancer for men over the age of 40. His organization has partnered with Minor League Baseball and big league teams like the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox to help spread the message around the baseball community.
“We need to create an army, that’s one of our main goals,” Randall said. He also mentioned that men need to break the cycle of thinking that they shouldn’t worry about getting tested.
When Randall was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999, he didn’t truly realize the severity of this illness. It wasn’t until he was in remission during Christmas and during his birthday that the reality of this illness started to sink in. From those moments on, he made sure that he would shine light on the subject to men across the country.
“I’m dedicated to get the message out to men that neglect having their prostate checked or thinking that it’s okay to live with it,” Randall said.
No matter where life has taken Randall, baseball has been the remaining factor. Randall has published several books throughout the last decade. Randall shared his words of wisdom on how aspiring journalists like myself can succeed like him someday.
“Two words: Get up,” Ed Randall exclaimed. “It’s an unforgiving and unfair business so you have to really want it.”
Randall graduated from Fordham University in 1974 as a political science major and he explained that the field of sports and broadcast journalism had strong a “gravitational pull” on him.
He worked as the play-by-play commentator for the Elmira Pioneers, a former minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Many years later, he got the chance to talk baseball with one of the most iconic sportscasters in sports history, the late Ernie Harwell. He became a treasured friend and a mentor to Randall.
Ed Randall is someone whom young men and aspiring journalist like myself should use as a role model. He’s the kind of person who ‘takes the bull by the horns’ and because of that mentality, he has been able to achieve all the goals that he set for himself. I’m truly grateful for having the opportunity to speak with him and to have him share his thoughts with New Jersey Baseball Magazine.