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ZEROHour: February 2016 Issue

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Spreading Awareness During Black History Month

Did you know that African-American men have the highest incidence rate of prostate cancer worldwide? African-American men are 2.4 times more likely to die from prostate cancer and 1.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than caucasian men.

Todd McMillion, a former cornerback for the Chicago Bears, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at just 39 years old. After his diagnosis and treatment, he began speaking out about the importance of awareness, testing, and early detection. His determination in the face of prostate cancer serves as a role model for men – especially in the African-American community – to take charge of their health, both for themselves and for their families. You can hear more from Todd and his wife Erin in our ZERO’s Heroes Video Library: here, here and here.

During ‪Black History Month‬  and all year long  we encourage our advocates and supporters to think not just about history, but about health as well. Take a look at our “African-American Men By the Numbers” infographic to learn more.

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Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue
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Thanks to Generous Donors Like You!

Donations are critical to continuing lifesaving programs. Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Men Who Speak Up: Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. Raise Awareness

ZERO has teamed up with Bayer on their Men Who Speak Up campaign to increase awareness and empower men with advanced prostate cancer to talk about their disease. This month, two baseball superstars stopped by to join the fight: Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. 

The Griffeys spoke out during World Cancer Day on February 4 on the importance of prostate cancer awareness and recognizing the symptoms of advanced disease. Ken Griffey, Sr., a prostate cancer survivor himself, and his son both empower men to speak up in a “silent era” and advocate for the importance of knowledge of your family history and familial support when dealing with a prostate cancer diagnosis.

You can watch two powerful PSAs from father and son here and here.

Welcome Midwest Chapter Director Erin Kelly

This month ZERO welcomed Erin Kelly to the team! Erin (pictured in green) will serve as the Midwest Chapter Director, leading ZERO’s boots on the ground effort to engage local communities in the fight to end prostate cancer. She joins ZERO from the Arbonne Charitable Foundation and Muscular Dystrophy Association, where she was the Fundraising Manager and Executive Director, respectively. Erin will lead the charge in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri.

What brought you to ZERO? 

Life led me from California to Chicago and I landed at ZERO because the Midwest Chapter Director position was a great opportunity to work alongside passionate, talented people and help to end prostate cancer.

What is your connection to prostate cancer?

My uncle is a prostate cancer survivor. The power of education and early detection is so important and I’m thankful for organizations like ZERO that help lead the way to educate men and their families and encourage action in our local communities.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the power of community and knowing that ZERO’s dedicated volunteers, sponsors, and donors make a significant impact on the lives of families living with prostate cancer. I believe that when passionate voices unite, big changes can be made and that inspires me to continue doing what I do.

ZERO Mentor: Valuable Advice For Newly Diagnosed Men 


Johnny Payne is a prostate cancer survivor who knows the importance of talking to other men about this disease. His advice to men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer: Don’t panic. It is important to understand that every man’s experience with prostate cancer is different, because every man’s disease is different.

All men should take charge of their health when faced with a prostate cancer diagnosis by doing their research and seeking out support – whether it’s from a support group, or from family and friends. Staying involved in the progress of your disease is vital – there are always new treatments and new reasearch that can help you in your journey.

Here’s more of Johnny’s advice.


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Olaparib Granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for mCRPC


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Fatal Prostate Cancer Linked With Balding


Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart Says He’s Fighting Prostate Cancer


A New Class of Drug Slows Growth of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Cells


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PCa Surgery Patients Largely Unaware of Sexual Complications


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A Holistic Approach to Cancer

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ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit

As the ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit approaches, learn more about ZERO’s advocacy efforts and what we’re fighting for on the Hill.

Brewers Bocce Tournament with Pinstripes



Join Pinstripes in Minneapolis, Washington DC, Chicago or Kansas City for a Bocce Tournament benefiting ZERO and the fight to end prostate cancer.

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ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer
515 King Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 888.245.9455  |  Fax: 571.257.8559  |  Email: info@zerocancer.org

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