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Empowering Men and Families in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

Speaker Presenting at Alabama Seminar March 3rd

On Sunday, March 3, we gathered with our community at Oakwood University Church in Alabama to shed light on a critical issue that affects not just men but entire families: prostate cancer. Despite delays and challenges, 56 individuals, including ten women, joined us for an eye-opening seminar highlighting the importance of awareness, advocacy, and support.

Our journey began with a powerful introduction and prayer from Dr. Sherine Brown-Fraser, setting the stage for an impactful day. I then shared my recent experience at ZERO’s Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, where Mary Jo and I met with senators and members of Congress to advocate for the PSA for Him Act. This legislation aims to eliminate copays for initial prostate cancer screening for high-risk men, a crucial step in early detection and treatment.

The harsh reality is that prostate cancer cases are on the rise, with deaths increasing from 1 in 10 in 2013 to a staggering 4 in 10 in 2023. This alarming trend underscores the urgent need for greater awareness, research funding, and open conversations about men's health.

March 3 Alabama Seminar Speaker Presenting in front of small crowd

We were fortunate to have Dr. Michael Johnson step in and provide an in-depth look at the causes, effects, prevention, and early detection of prostate cancer. His expertise and dedication to our community are truly invaluable.

One of the most powerful moments of the seminar was the patient panel led by Dr. Chip Ates. Hearing firsthand accounts from those who have walked the path of prostate cancer was both humbling and inspiring. Their willingness to share their stories and answer questions from the audience created an atmosphere of support and understanding.

As the seminar extended well beyond its scheduled time, it became clear that this topic resonates deeply with our community. The level of engagement and thirst for knowledge was palpable, reminding us of our critical role in spreading awareness and supporting one another. 

March 3rd Alabama Seminar Panel

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the incredible speakers, panelists, attendees, and ministry groups who made this event possible. Together, we are more robust in the fight against prostate cancer.

But our work doesn't end here. We urge you to continue advocating for your health, supporting loved ones, and pushing for legislation that prioritizes prostate cancer research and care. Remember, this is not just a man's issue – it's a family issue that requires everyone to stand together.

Let's keep the conversation going, break down barriers, and create a future where no man or family has to face prostate cancer alone.

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