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Advocates Visit Capitol Hill for Increased Prostate Cancer Research Funding

Ken Griffey Sr. Joins Prostate Cancer Advocates at the ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit, Feb. 22-25

Washington, DC – Calling for an end to a disease that kills one man every 20 minutes, more than 100 prostate cancer advocates from across the country are headed to Capitol Hill on February 22-25 to demand increases in research funding to kick-start new and innovative treatments. Special guest speakers at the ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit include U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and baseball great Ken Griffey Sr., a prostate cancer survivor.

The ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit aims to grow the military’s involvement in the “War on Cancer” as advocates from 38 states will meet with elected officials to expand the Prostate Cancer Research Program – a Department of Defense initiative that has funded three new treatments for prostate cancer in the last five years. This year, ZERO’s dedicated advocates are asking the Department of Defense’s Prostate Cancer Research Program be funded at $90M, which is $10M greater than the previously approved funding in 2015.

“The passion of our advocates has fueled more than $1.5B in research funding in the last two decades; propelling a greater understanding of disease disparity and breakthroughs on new treatment pathways,” said ZERO CEO Jamie Bearse. “Research is on the horizon of more easily determining aggressive disease, which will save more lives and slow pain and suffering from prostate cancer. It’s our job to help make that a reality through the ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit.”

Prostate cancer survivors, patients, family members, and loved ones will take part in three days of education, awareness, and advocacy, culminating in a day of meetings on Capitol Hill with representatives and senators. Programming highlights include research updates from ZERO’s Medical Advisory Board, remarks from U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), a proponent of increased prostate cancer research funding, and a special appearance from two-time World Series champion Ken Griffey Sr. A prostate cancer survivor, Griffey Sr. and his son Ken Griffey Jr. are educating men about the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer through the Men Who Speak Up campaign.

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. ZERO is recognized with four out of four stars by Charity Navigator and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. ZERO spends more on programs than any other prostate cancer charity, dedicating 85 cents of every dollar to support, education, and research.