For Dedication and Support to the Prostate Cancer Community
Harry Pinchot was widely recognized as one of the most knowledgeable laymen for his understanding of the biology, prevention, and treatment of prostate cancer. He positively impacted the lives of countless men (and their loved ones) afflicted by prostate cancer through his efforts at the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI.) He served as PCRI’s Program Director for over a decade, and was known as “Helpline Harry” because he was always taking calls from concerned prostate cancer patients. Harry lost his 13 year battle with prostate cancer in January 2008. In his honor, PCRI created the Harry Pinchot Award to recognize unsung heroes like Harry that are out there making a difference in other people’s lives.
Introduced by Dr. Lisa Chaiken, Cancer Care Consultants
Our first award recipient this evening is BILL BLAIR, who served as a cancer researcher for more than thirty years. He taught medical students, and also passed his knowledge to thousands of cancer survivors, often on the phone, one-at-a-time. Many times, because of his extensive research knowledge, doctors would seek Bill’s advice or recommend their patients to consult him. And Bill would counsel all who called, for as long as it took.
Bill, as was Harry, is one of the most knowledgeable and sought-after patient advocates in the country – called upon by numerous committee members of The Department of Defense, NIH, Us TOO, CARA and many others. In the SPORE program he was the national chairman of their Patient Advocates.
Bill’s ability to find the positive value in every one of life’s experiences has greatly advanced the thinking and insights of all who turned to him. He enlarges our perspective on our prostate cancer, not with just his medical knowledge, but with his rich sense of history and his appreciation of culture, faith and community.
We all know there are many dimensions to healing, and the human and loving-kindness side has an enormous positive influence on wellness. Patients often talk about Bill they same way they did of Harry – that with their help, patients were able to make decisions that significantly affected their longevity and quality of life. Bill is also noted by many as a dear friend and a “soul mate.” I know Harry would be proud to have Bill receive this award.
If there were an Olympic medal (like the Harry Pinchot award) for prostate cancer knowledge, teaching, compassion, leadership and survival, Bill Blair deserves the gold medal.
Dr. Arthur N. Lurvey, Medical Director, United Government Services, LLC
Our second award recipient, PETER DOHERTY, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991. While undergoing treatment, Peter realized that people battling this disease needed a message of hope. While driving to a meeting at the National Cancer Institute, Peter saw many cars passing him with specialty license plates supporting many different causes, but none to help fight cancer. So, he conceived a new license plate directed at cancer.
He developed the theme, got $50,000 in corporate funding, and after many steps, in 1998, New Jersey’s, “Conquer Cancer” plate was born. To date, the plate has raised over $4,000,000, which is awarded as competitive grants and fellowships to New Jersey researchers at non-profit institutions through the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research.
Like Harry Pinchot, Peter is one of those unique individuals whose dedication, leadership and talent have made a difference to thousands of people. He helped create one of the largest prostate cancer support groups in the country at Morristown Memorial Hospital, (which named their men’s cancer clinic after him) and has done more to foster cancer research in New Jersey than almost any other individual.
In 1998 he was given the New Jersey Governor’s Volunteer Award for his tireless effort, “to educate others about the disease and to create an emotional support network.”
All of this pales in comparison to his untiring work with men and their families in their battle against prostate cancer.
Most importantly however, are the hundreds of men and their loved ones to whom Peter has offered his time and support.
Peter is now in his eighties. He walks and talks a little slower but is still there for men and their families.
On any given day he is on the phone helping men throughout the United States in the fight against this disease.
Peter Doherty’s efforts have reached so many people – and he serves as one of the most dedicated to the welfare of prostate cancer patients. In this field, we need more Peter Dohertys.
Introduced by Tom Kirk, President and CEO, Us TOO
Our final award recipient this evening is RALPH VALLE, who graduated from LSU with a degree in chemistry. Dedication to research is his hallmark.
Ralph is a fixture at the medical library at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He spends an enormous amount of time reading and evaluating medical publications relating to prostate cancer, and more importantly, puts research into perspective and laymen’s terms and shares it with other survivors. Ralph is always available by phone or e-mail to discuss any person’s situation. He does searches for individuals for clinical trials for which that person may be eligible.
Ralph has accompanied emotionally distraught survivors to treatment centers and guided them through the options. He is not an advocate of any one treatment but provides the pros and cons of all the options. And his information is always based on a sound understanding of the literature and awareness of new approaches that are being considered.
Ralph is a founding member of the Arizona Prostate Cancer Task Force established by the Arizona legislature in1999 and is still an active member. He has served on US Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Review Boards, Us TOO Minority Program sponsored by the CDC, and is active in The American Cancer Society, “Man to Man,” program, and has represented Us TOO as a consumer reviewer at two State of California Genito-urinary Research Review Boards.
Ralph is a truly amazing man, who is committed to helping prostate cancer survivors and promoting prostate cancer awareness, and I am pleased to present him with the 2008 Harry Pinchot Award -
We were pleased to present this prestigious award at the 2009 Conference Saturday night dinner gala to LYLE LAROSH, President, Informed Prostate Cancer Support Group of San Diego. Through self-study, research and interfacing with medical professionals, Lyle has become one of the most knowledgeable lay persons in prostate cancer diagnoses, types of treatments, side effects, quality of life and impact on families. His breadth of knowledge and the ability to impart that to others is extraordinary and highly respected by the medical community. IPCSG members have benefited from his unassuming demeanor and single-minded purpose to help them with deal with their disease. Through his leadership IPCSG has become one of the largest independently organized and financed support groups with over 600 members.
In his acceptance speech, Lyle emphasized the needs for dollars for prevention and for treatments, when needed.
Johnny Payne has been described as a visionary, an activist, a motivator, a mentor, and an inspirer. He is a prostate cancer survivor, a listener – one who “has been there”. He learned (and continues to learn) all there is to know about prostate cancer and uses that to help African American and all other men with prostate cancer. He is responsible for coordinating screening of over 1000 men annually, and giving more than 30 seminars that reach over 1500 men annually. He formed collaborations with health systems and hospitals; with Us TOO, American Cancer Society, Zero and the South Carolina Cancer Alliance; with men’s fraternities and over 100 churches in his area. He has spread the word across local media and has earned several prestigious awards, including WJMZ Black History Maker, Omega Psi Phi Organization of the Year, and the Us TOO Edward Kaps Hope Award. If that isn’t enough, he is founder and Executive Director of Upstate Prostate Cancer Alliance.
In accepting the award, he said: “— the mission is to make a difference – we want to put pressure on our legislators to pass favorable legislation so we can get funding to defeat this disease, find a cure and if not necessarily a cure, find a better screening method… that perhaps will end this “To screen or not to screen” controversy.”
Howard Hansen is the co founder of the Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer Association (www.hrpca.org) and has been helping patients with their disease for 16 plus years. Using his advanced web site and his extensive research into many medical journals, he has given advice, assistance, and encouragement to hundreds of patients with the more severe hormone refractory prostate cancer. Howard’s compendium of treatment options is available on his web site and is constantly updated.
A diagnosis of HRPC is a serious development for the family fighting prostate cancer. It often comes accompanied by an uncertain prognosis that adds an emotional burden. Hansen and all of the volunteers working on the HRPCA Web site have been through this experience. Without exception, they have chosen to reject defeat and to fight this disease with their time, their ingenuity, their resources, and their computers.
Even when suffering from severe metastatic prostate disease, Howard continued to be available for the many men in the Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer web group. Howard’s stamina and endless assistance to others is an inspiration to us all. He acquired the nickname of “Helping Howard”.
In an emotional acceptance speech, Howard’s friend Bruce Laumeister (shown above giving award to Howard) emphasized:
“- his incredible ability to translate this incredible information into things to guide people as to what to do next … this man has saved so many people all over the world”