Ray Christie was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 at age 54. At the time, his doctor gave him six months to a year to live.
“I just continue to live my life, to keep right on moving. I can’t control my prostate cancer, but I can control my attitude about it.”
Eight years later, Ray continues treating his disease and is enrolled in a clinical trial. Ray maintains a positive attitude throughout his treatments, and credits his family and support system with helping him beat this awful disease. Ray knows how fortunate he is to have such a support system, and that not many men are as lucky. For this reason, he advocates for awareness, sharing his story and educating men about the disease however he can.
“When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I discovered that a positive attitude made everything more manageable. Staying positive and focused, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and relying on my family and support system is what keeps me strong.”
He is always open to speaking about his experience, and in 2016, he shared his story with the hundreds of participants at the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Columbus, inspiring them with his positive attitude. Ray shared that he knows one of the most important benefits of the local Run/Walk is speaking to other men and families and helping to maintain their own positive attitudes in the face of a prostate cancer diagnosis.
“For black men on the planet, this is one of our No. 1 killers,” Christie said in an interview to The Columbus Dispatch. “For me, as a black man, if they can see another brother out there going through this and talking about it, maybe I can get more brothers to get checked out.”
Read more of Ray’s story in The Columbus Dispatch.