Letter From Jonathan Simons, CEO

To our entire PCF community, men with prostate cancer, extended family, and friends:

For the past few months we have shown strength, community, and ingenuity as together we faced the unprecedented challenges created by Covid-19. It has not been easy, but it has highlighted the resilience of our community.

In the wake of the atrocious and unnecessary death of George Floyd in the hands of those sworn to serve, we are all experiencing a range of additional emotions including disbelief, grief, and pain. Once again, we must respond with resolve.

As a physician, the senseless taking of a life, when we’re all fighting so hard to save lives, recommits me to want to work daily toward a more just and equitable world.  At PCF, we stand in solidarity with the Black Community. At PCF, we condemn racism and do not tolerate institutions that allow racism to persist. No one said it better than Dr. King in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

These are unusually turbulent times, and our hearts go out to all people who are or who feel violated, hurt, or oppressed.  At PCF we stand strong in our values, which, in both the best and worst of times, include healing, listening, and caring.

At the same time as we grieve, we strive for a better world and we continue our everyday commitments:

  • to foster diversity and inclusion as we recruit the most talented investigators to work on new lifesaving treatments for patients with prostate cancer;
  • to research, unravel, and solve the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations in support of advancing health equity;
  • to listen and rededicate ourselves personally and professionally to eliminate injustice;
  • to use challenges and obstacles to move forward with science, strength, and hope.

Blessings to you and your family,

Jonathan