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Apr 6, 2012
ZERO Saddened at the Loss of Fred Gersh
ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer is saddened to learn of the loss of Fred Gersh, a strong supporter of the fight against prostate cancer.
"The prostate cancer community has suffered the loss of a great man who worked tirelessly to fight this disease," said Skip Lockwood, CEO of ZERO. "We can honor Fred's legacy by continuing to fight prostate cancer and supporting research to find the cure."
Fred’s wife Micki shared the following statement in an email:
"He had a long fight with the prostate cancer and I think in a way you could say he won since it has been 23 years since he was diagnosed. But he became ill 2 1/2 weeks ago, and after a stint at the hospital, he came home Tuesday to hospice care. He struggled to the end, but he looked peaceful after. And at least he is no longer in pain. Thanks to all of you for your friendship and support."
Fred was a strong advocate for prostate cancer, working with and through the Virginia Prostate Cancer Coalition, the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, Us TOO International, ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer, and most recently the Prostate Cancer Roundtable.
About ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer (zerocancer.org)
At ZERO, we commit ourselves not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease, but also to end it. We see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life; with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering, and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journey. To accomplish our goal, we provide comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk and conduct free prostate cancer testing throughout the country. We increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and we fund local grants to end the disease.