The fiercely passionate Schwartz family of Atlanta, GA has been dedicated to ending prostate cancer for three generations. William (Bill) Schwartz, former president of Cox Enterprises, was a founding member of ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and a prostate cancer patient. Diagnosed at the age of 55 and told he would have less than two years to live, Bill helped pioneer the prostate cancer movement as the organization’s first CEO. Under Bill’s brilliant leadership and later as its chairman, ZERO spearheaded the creation of the Prostate Cancer Research Program at the Department of Defense. The PCRP is a highly successful platform that has funded the discovery of three new treatments and a better diagnostic tool just in the last five years.
After an eight-year battle, Bill passed away from prostate cancer in 2002. His wife Marlene and their three children Jonathan, Cindy, and Michael continued the fight to save lives and stop pain and suffering from the disease. The family has contributed more than $1M to ZERO in the last decade to protect and grow research and to provide awareness and early detection to all men. Jonathan served as chairman of ZERO’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016, leading the organization to extraordinary growth. He continues his support of ZERO as a current board member.
From his children to grandchildren, Bill left a lasting legacy of making a difference. His 13-year old grandson, Will Hopkins, spread awareness and raised more than $6,000 for a Bar Mitzvah project to support the cause. ZERO and the prostate cancer community are incredibly grateful to the Schwartz family for their devotion to ending prostate cancer and giving hope to countless men and their families.
When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago, I was told I had only eighteen months to live. The odds were against me, but thanks to you and your Congressional colleagues, research is moving forward – both in my favor and in favor of the lives of thousands of men with this horrible disease. My story is just one hopeful sign that we are making progress in this fight.