ZERO Prostate Cancer Annual Report 2021


Taking Action to Create Health Equity

When everyone in the ZERO prostate cancer community comes together, we are a force to be reckoned with. You are the changemakers, the voices for all affected with this disease, and the community that families can lean on when they need it most. It will take each and every one of us to end prostate cancer. When you invest in ZERO, you are building a ZERO prostate cancer future and ensuring funds are available for: 1. Financial Support: Your support connects patients in need with personalized solutions to alleviate the many financial stressors of their diagnosis, including treatment costs, transportation, insurance navigation, and more. 2. Research: Your gift advances prostate cancer research to discover new treatments and diagnostics. 3. Awareness: Knowing risk factors and the importance of early detection saves lives, and your gift helps education and awareness efforts nationwide. 4. Emotional Support: Your gift ensures patients and caregivers have support through in-person and virtual support groups and mentors across the country. 5. Health Equity: Your gift helps remove barriers and provides critical support for those at the highest risk for the disease who have suffered inequities for far too long. Building a ZERO Prostate Cancer Future Only Happens with You

new ways to address these issues. ZERO’s Health Equity Task Force includes prostate cancer patients, survivors, physicians, volunteers, and advocates – all with different perspectives and experiences to provide valuable insight and expertise as we take deliberate steps to eliminate racial disparities in prostate cancer and achieve health equity. To further our resolve to achieve health equity, ZERO and the Prostate Cancer Foundation recently joined forces to present the ZERO/PCF Young Investigator Award to Eliminate Health Disparities. Both organizations are contributing $150,000 for a combined $300,000 grant over three years toward career and project support for a young, proven investigator with interest in prostate cancer research and a strong focus on eliminating health disparities. This award will target health disparities in prostate cancer to help eliminate the differences across the prostate cancer continuum, including detection, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care. This grant aims to empower young researchers to combat these differences in prostate cancer outcomes.

Black men are 1.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 2.1 times more likely to die from the disease compared to White men. These disparities are unacceptable. Last year, ZERO deepened our commitment to eliminating these inequities in prostate cancer for Black men by making health equity a cornerstone of our work. This past year, ZERO launched the Black Men’s Prostate Cancer Initiative to address the disparities in prostate cancer experienced by Black men. The initiative includes support groups, education, and awareness activities to help Black men as they manage prostate cancer and navigate the cancer care delivery system. Programs such as these are vital to helping Black men navigate their individual diagnoses and treatments and create a future where health equity is achieved, and all men have the opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive prostate cancer. Making strides to close the equity gap in healthcare is a community effort. The Health Equity Task Force was formed to develop new partnerships to bring prostate cancer awareness to high-risk men, strengthen existing early detection and education initiatives, and identify

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“  FOR MEN LIKE ME, support from ZERO can be the first step in helping to eradicate racial disparities in prostate cancer, by helping Black men receive the best

“  MY PROSTATE CANCER DIAGNOSIS turned my world upside-down, and I felt so alone. Then with just one phone call, my life changed. The support I received from ZERO was amazing and connected me with resources I didn’t even know existed. Because of generous donors like you, I can focus on what is most important: my health. “ Ted Healy Prostate Cancer Patient ZERO Champion

care possible. “ Rallie Settles, Jr. Prostate Cancer Patient ZERO Champion

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