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Dear Reader,

Thank you for joining us for the July issue of the Hot SHEET . We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. 

Independence Day, the 4 th of July, has always had two special meanings for me. It celebrates the birth of our country, of course. It is also one week before my birthday. I was born seven pounds, 12 ounces on 7/11/56, at Houston Negro Hospital. Today, I am grateful for every birthday I’ve celebrated. This includes January 5, 2009—the day my prostate cancer was removed.
 
I encourage you to remember those you love who are living with prostate cancer. If you’re a survivor/patient/warrior, please start with some self-love. Please also remember those who lost their battle with prostate cancer or have otherwise passed on. Finally, I ask that you remember all the clinicians, researchers, advocates, and especially caregivers who provide S upport, E ducation, A dvocacy, and A wareness. These letters represent the SEA in SEA Blue 2020. The event will be held September 13, 2020, from 10 am – 12 pm Central Time.
 
SEA Blue has been the largest prostate cancer run/walk in Chicago for the past 16 years. In 2020, the event is going National and Virtual. You can now participate from anywhere in the country. In fact, from anywhere in the world! I am honoring Beau and Barbara Hill Stubblefield, my late parents, by naming my team the BBHS Team. We’ve raised $1000 so far. My ultimate goal is $5000. Why not create a team to honor someone you love? You can raise funds, participate in the event, perhaps even host a watch party. (Please follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and other advice from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and your local and state health authorities). A nyone can register as an individual. Registration this year is Pay What You Can, given the current economic environment and the impact of COVID-19. There’s strength in numbers, and we’d love to have you supporting the Us TOO mission to provide support and education to the prostate cancer community at no charge. Register or donate at www.seablueprostatewalk.org .
 
A Second Chance to Watch “The Talk”:  AnCan and Us TOO recently hosted “The Talk” A Prostate Cancer Educational Forum Webinar. This program featured a lively and candid discussion around how, and if, men with prostate cancer should talk to their children about why it could impact their lives. This was Prostate Cancer Connections episode one in a series of three, sponsored by Janssen. View the video at https://youtu.be/9AQxublTsdA.

PCF-Us TOO Disparities in Prostate Cancer: Research and Perspective Webinar Video Now Available: Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and Us TOO co-developed and presented this webinar, which included audience Q&A with the panelists. Adam Murphy, MD, a new Us TOO Board Member, was a featured panelist on this program. I had the pleasure of moderating the panel and participating in the program as well. View the webinar at:

“Why African American Prostate Cancer is a Crisis Within the COVID-19 Crisis ” is a brief and powerful statement by Tom Farrington, President and Founder of the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN: www.prostatehealthed.org ). Tom states: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, prostate cancer early detection screening and most treatments have been curtailed by primary care doctors and cancer centers. While prostate cancer is, for most men, a slow-growing disease, the treatment for which can be delayed for months without too much risk, African American men likely face much higher risk in delaying early detection and treatment.” We hope this important message will lead to corrective action across the country to assure access to early detection screening and treatment on a timely basis for all prostate cancer patients and men at high risk of the disease. Read the article at https://bit.ly/2AoocIC .

COVID-19, Prostate Cancer, and Us TOO: Us TOO has created a webpage dedicated to addressing the impact of the pandemic on all of us affected by prostate cancer. It includes our exclusive articles by Dr. Mark Moyad and many other resources. It is updated frequently, so please bookmark it and visit often. https://www.ustoo.org/covid . In the words of Dr. Moyad, “I am concerned, of course, but I am also incredibly optimistic.”  We are all in this together!


Shalom. Salaam. Peace.
Beau and the Us TOO Team

Beau Stubblefield-Tave, Executive Director
James Hutson, Development Director
Tracy Cameron, Administrative Assistant
Terri Likowski, Program Director - Support Group Services
Tim Mix, Communications Director