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ZERO Cancer Moonshot Virtual Media Kit

On Tuesday, November 29th, ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer led a White House discussion on prostate cancer as a part of the Biden administration’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra was part of the roundtable, which focused on increasing prostate cancer awareness and access to screening among men of color. Representatives from the American Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer Foundation, 100 Black Men of America and Prostate Health Education Network also participated in the discussion.

This page features soundbites available for download from Ali Manson, ZERO’s Vice-President of Advocacy and Government Relations and Marlon Hudson, a prostate cancer survivor. Additional features include prostate cancer statistics and information about ZERO.

For more information, please contact Jessica Fetrow at jessica.fetrow@zerocancer.org.

Ali Manson on Prostate Cancer:

“Black men are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with, and more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than white men. We need every federal patient-facing pamphlet, web page, or whatever material it may be, to make sure that message is loud and clear. Screening is about saving men’s lives, and ZERO is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure black men get the information they need about prostate cancer.”
“One of the efforts we feel is crucial to saving lives is the creation of a committee that will coordinate research efforts across the federal government, to move us toward the end of prostate cancer as quickly, and as efficiently as possible. I’ve talked to prostate cancer patients every day, and ZERO knows that the drugs and treatments that come out of research have a profound impact on men battling this disease. Secretary Becerra understands this is a priority for our community, and we are willing to work side-by-side with HHS and the Moonshot team to make this happen.”
“ZERO is proud to have spear-headed this discussion on prostate cancer as part of the Biden Administration’s moonshot initiative. I’m confident that this meeting was only the beginning of ZERO’s collaboration with the Administration, the Moonshot team, and the prostate cancer community; in an effort to
increase support and care for prostate cancer patients and  families, particularly in high risk populations, such as black men.”

Marlon Hudson on Prostate Cancer:

“When the doctor came into the room and was giving me the results of my biopsy, that’s when she told me I have prostate cancer. Everything she said after ‘prostate cancer’, it’s like the cartoon Charlie Brown. Wah wah wah. Immediately I asked myself thousands of questions, like how did this happen to me?”

“After the surgery and everything was done, I reflect on my lack of knowledge of prostate cancer. And I felt like, especially being a military individual, that I needed to get this information out to all my friends, more so my black, male friends. Because I didn’t have a whole lot of knowledge about this thing and I had to learn about prostate cancer in such a short period of time and I didn’t want other people to be in the situation I was in.”

“I am cancer-free. I’ve been cancer-free now for three years. Living life to the fullest. The journey was hard but the journey was good. And I feel good to be able to share my story and be transparent about my process that I had to go through so I’m feeling awesome.”

What you need to know about Prostate Cancer

  • Every 15 minutes another American man dies from prostate cancer.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that 268,490 men will be told they have prostate cancer in 2022. 
  • Currently, there are over 3.1 million American men living with the disease – roughly equal to the population of Chicago.
  • Black men are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with and over twice as likely to die from prostate cancer in comparison to White men. 

About Ali Manson – ZERO’s Vice-President of Government Relations & Advocacy
Ali Manson is an experienced government relations professional with expertise in health policy, and has a passion for health and wellness. She believes there is nothing more rewarding than working with and for a nonprofit to achieve a meaningful mission. 

To read more about Ali Manson, click here.

About Marlon Hudson – Prostate Cancer Survivor and Awareness Advocate
Marlon Hudson is a father, veteran and prostate cancer survivor. He was 50 years old when he was diagnosed after a routine physical. He had his prostate removed in 2019 and he now considers himself a cancer survivor. Having caught his cancer early, Marlon is an advocate for early screenings, particularly among Black men. “Get out of your comfort zone and get checked” is Marlon’s mantra when talking to other men.

Since his diagnosis, he’s taken part in ZERO’s DC Run/Walk and he’s been a spokesperson for ZERO’s Prostate Cancer Awareness month campaign. Currently Marlon lives in Northern Virginia with his fiance, who was by his side during his prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. He is also a proud father of two.

About ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer:

  • ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer and help all who are impacted. ZERO advances research, provides support, and creates solutions to achieve health equity to meet the most critical needs of our community. 
  • From early detection to survivorship, ZERO is the premier resource for prostate cancer patients and their families to access comprehensive support, make meaningful connections, and take action to save lives. 
  • Our dedicated national and chapter staff is joined with a growing team of passionate volunteer champions to increase advocacy, awareness, and community engagement to ZERO out prostate cancer.