NBA’s Atlanta Hawks Raises $150K for Prostate Cancer Awareness and Research

NBA’s Atlanta Hawks Raises $150K for Prostate Cancer Awareness and Research
An inaugural effort by the Atlanta Hawks to help defeat prostate cancer by raising awareness and funds for important research netted $150,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). The NBA basketball team's drive was launched in February during African-American History Month to bring greater awareness of the disorder to the African-American community. Black men in the United States have a roughly 15 percent chance of developing prostate cancer during their lifetime — 5 percent more than white men — and are also more likely to have a more aggressive form than other racial and ethnic groups. “We are deeply grateful to the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for their all-star efforts to engage their audience through basketball to address the real problem we face in this country of too many African-American men dying from prostate cancer,” Jonathan W. Simons, MD, the foundation’s president and CEO, said in a press release. According to the foundation, information about disease risks and screening reached roughly 120,000 Atlanta-area residents at State Farm Arena during Hawks home games in February, and millions more through digital outreach efforts. Former star player and Hawks vice chairman of the board Grant Hill, and his father, NFL legend
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