The VALOR Ceremony Will Honor Hundreds of Thousands of Courageous U.S. Veterans Battling Prostate Cancer
during National Veterans and Military Families Month in November
Helping to advance revolutionary research in prostate cancer and delivery of precision treatments to U.S. Veterans, the John and Daria Barry Foundation has generously donated $2.5 million to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to establish the John and Daria Barry Precision Oncology Center of Excellence at the Manhattan VA. Celebrating the momentous occasion, the VALOR Ceremony will honor U.S. Veterans battling prostate cancer during National Veterans and Military Families Month. John and Daria Barry will be accepting a special award on behalf of the Barry Foundation for their groundbreaking philanthropy.
The John and Daria Barry Precision Oncology Center of Excellence will serve as a precision oncology hub in the PCF’s preeminent network of centers working to fulfill the ambitious mission of improving the care of U.S. Veterans with prostate cancer in the New York metropolitan area and beyond. The PCF has committed to funding a series of precision medicine teams at leading VA medical centers and universities across the country. The John and Daria Barry Foundation’s gift will serve the nation’s heroes by delivering first-in-class prostate cancer care to U.S. Veterans and will pave the way for transformational research that will have a far lasting impact on generations to come.
One out of every nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Veterans, accounting for a third of all male cancer cases. African-American men, who represent the largest population group within the VA are 73% more likely to develop prostate cancer and are 2.3 times more likely to die from the disease than any other ethnicity. To date, little is known about the biological reasons for the alarming disparities. For more information, visit www.PCF.org.
WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: New York Harbor Healthcare System’s Manhattan Campus Atrium
423 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
*Note to media: There will be an opportunity for interviews and photo-ops with veterans/prostate cancer survivors, John and Daria Barry and representatives from the PCF and VA immediately following the brief ceremony. Light refreshments consisting of fruit, cheese, pastries and beverages will be served.
About the Prostate Cancer Foundation
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world's leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $765 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at more than 210 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise extends to 22 countries and funds a robust research portfolio. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts have helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer. More information about PCF can be found at www.pcf.org
About the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System
The Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System is committed to providing outstanding health care and social services to the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. The system consists of two tertiary care medical centers located in Manhattan and Brooklyn and a community living center located in St. Albans, Queens. It also operates two community-based clinics situated in Harlem and Staten Island, which serve New York, Kings, Queens, and Richmond counties. VANYHHS is a part of the Veterans Integrated Service Network, which includes facilities throughout New York State and northern New Jersey.
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