ZEROHour Newsletter: April 2020
Three Ways to Get Help Right Now
Throughout this edition of the ZEROHour newsletter, you’ll see multiple ways ZERO is supporting the prostate cancer community during the COVID-19 crisis. Know that the ZERO team is here for you during these hard times. Please reach out to us for any additional assistance or support.
Direct Support: ZERO360
Connect live with our team of experienced case managers, ready to help you with financial assistance, benefit enrollment, and other direct support. Call (844) 244-1309.
Online Community: ZERO Connect
Join our online Facebook group to get support from a community of patients and caregivers who have been impacted by prostate cancer.
Peer Support: ZERO MENtor
If you are a patient who is looking for one-on-one peer support, visit zerocancer.org/mentor to get matched with an individual MENtor who can provide personal guidance and counsel.
ZERO Launches COVID-19 Support Fund
Men contact ZERO every day, desperate as COVID-19 adds new problems to the crisis of facing prostate cancer. Jobs and and health insurance are being lost. Treatments are being put on hold. Stay-at-home orders are keeping family from visiting the patients they care for.
Right now, you can do something to help a man that has nowhere else to turn. Today, a group of generous donors is offering $100,000 in matching gifts to create the ZERO COVID-19 Support Fund.
Your donation will be doubled to give immediate help to prostate cancer patients. With your help, ZERO will pair men who need it with their a personal ZERO360 case manager who is expertly trained to manage crisis situations.
By giving, you will make sure that patients who face financial hardship can still access the expensive treatments that are saving their lives. ZERO360 offers thousands of patients a way to find access to care, financial aid, and emotional support when they need it most.
June Events: Postponed or Going Virtual
At ZERO, our top priority is – and always has been – the health and well-being of prostate cancer patients and their families. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we are continually prioritizing the health and safety of our community.
That is why all in-person events (Run/Walks, Tee-Offs, etc.) have been postponed, rescheduled, or made virtual through the end of June. For events beyond June, we are closely monitoring the CDC’s guidelines and will continue to communicate any updates as soon as we are able to do so.
Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding as we work to keep our community safe.
For events that will become virtual rather than held in-person, attendees can expect an exciting, brand new experience that still invokes a community feel. More details will be announced soon!
All your Telemedicine Questions, Answered
Telemedicine is more than just a buzzword — it's a new reality (and often, the only option) for many prostate cancer patients and doctors' offices right now.
That’s why ZERO teamed up with Dr. Jonathan Rubenstein of Chesapeake Urology Associates to bring you a new video series that answers many frequently asked questions about telemedicine.
Head to YouTube and watch videos where you’ll learn about what to expect in a telemedicine appointment, why telemedicine is beneficial right now, and more. Not into watching videos? We’ve got a written guide just for you — click the link below!
Save the Date: Help Patients on May 5
Due to the global public health crisis and its effects on nonprofits, a special Giving Tuesday event dubbed Giving Tuesday NOW is occurring this spring! On May 5, you’ll have a chance to meet the patients you’re helping by donating to ZERO during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Stay tuned to ZERO’s social media channels (especially Facebook!) for special live broadcasts and announcements on that day. Click here to learn more about Giving Tuesday Now.
ZERO in the News
In case you missed it, check out ZERO’s latest news and media appearances:
You Want Caesar on Your Block!
ZERO Champion Caesar Blevins is making the most of social distancing by hosting porch concerts every evening for his neighbors. Way to be a good neighbor, Caesar!
» Check out Caesar’s concerts
Share Your COVID-19 Story
Men and families fighting prostate cancer are facing a new, unexpected challenge. COVID-19 is putting those who are already battling prostate cancer at immediate risk. Your voice matters. Share your quarantine, self-isolation, or care disruption story with the ZERO staff and it may be used on ZERO’s social media, blog, or other platforms.
» Share your COVID-19 story
Caring for All
April is National Minority Health Month. ZERO is working to raise awareness about prostate cancer disparities among different populations and equalize differences in care. In this Q&A, ZERO Medical Advisory Board Member Dr. Kelvin Moses provides some insight into issues around existing disparities and what can be done.
» Read Dr. Moses’ Q&A
Advocacy in Action
The Census & Healthcare Funding
Completing the 2020 census is more important than ever. Participating in the census by mail, phone, or an online form, will help provide funding and resources to your local community.
» Complete the census today