The Milana Foundation & Man Cave Health
After many years of supporting foundations for the benefit of children in need, in 2018 The Milana Family Foundation shifted its mission to a cause closer to their hearts. Several years earlier Thomas Milana, Jr. received an alarming blood test result during a routine doctor visit; Tom’s PSA was elevated.
Over the course of the next three months, he underwent a series of tests that ultimately revealed he had prostate cancer. In April 2016 Tom had successful robotic surgery, and today he remains 100% cancer-free. Tom’s experience revealed to him not only how difficult living with a cancer diagnosis can be, but also how few resources there are outside of the internet for men when it comes to their health. Men rarely talk about their medical conditions, and that is something that the Milana family is working hard to change.
They created Man Cave Health to help put men at ease in a welcoming and familiar environment. The masculine décor, with its sports-memorabilia, leather seating and flat screened TVs, is meant to provide a comfortable space for talking about sensitive health topics. Driven by the notion that “men take better care of their cars than they do their bodies,” Man Cave Health is a destination for men seeking information about and support for prostate cancer. The first “man cave” opened its doors to patients at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Urology in January 2019.