The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s mission is to
- Educate Arkansans by raising awareness, distributing resources and providing learning opportunities across the state;
- Encourage timely detection of prostate cancer; and
- Engage men and their families with personal guidance from the day of diagnosis through survivorship.
The Foundation implements this mission by sponsoring public education events around the state.
The Foundation’s Prostate Health Resource Center in Little Rock serves as an ongoing source of information for prostate cancer survivors and healthcare professionals.
No Arkansan should face cancer alone.
Recognizing the need for prostate cancer control in Arkansas, six community leaders, who are all prostate cancer survivors, and a Medical Advisory Committee of physicians from around the state formed the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF) in 2000. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charity, has a mission to promote awareness, encourage timely detection and support improved treatment of prostate cancer in Arkansas.
Believing that all men in the state, regardless of disparities in cultural competence, financial resources or proximity to care should have access to information, diagnosis and treatment, APCF implemented its education and screening program in 2001, a model that has increased participation ever since by working with healthcare providers and community partners who are vested in men’s health. In 2006, the first regional prostate cancer support group located in Little Rock was added to the program model.
Three years later, three additional regional support groups located in Fayetteville, Ft. Smith and Jonesboro were also added. All of these groups, now known collectively as the Peer Network, provide confidential environments for diagnosed men to share about their experiences with prostate cancer. The Peer Network is ongoing with plans to grow into other areas in the future. Finally, the program model was expanded to include a Patient Navigation program and a Survivor Mentor program.
The Navigation program provides a trained professional navigator to guide individual men with suspicious prostate findings through the cancer care system from diagnosis to treatment and recovery, making sure that each man gets the resources and support he needs. The Survivor Mentor program connects newly diagnosed men one-on-one with a survivor who provides information and support.
The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Corporate Partners commit $20,000 or more annually in funding and donated goods and services. To learn more about becoming a corporate partner, please contact Melissa Stiles, Director of Development, by email or phone (501) 379-8027.
Board of Directors
Members of the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors are community leaders who commit their leadership in 3-year terms. For information about becoming a member of the board of directors, please e-mail the Foundation, or call (501) 379-8027.
Chris Prewitt, CPATreasurer
Jeffrey Marotte, MD
Joe Lee Buford, MD
Nirmal Kilambi, MD
Ron Rainey, PhD
The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s staff manages the programs and services necessary to fulfill the organization’s mission.
Chris CollierExecutive Director
Melissa StilesDirector of Development
Jamie MoodyDirector of Programs
Cara ClementsPatient Navigator
Ronya ByrdOffice Administrator
Medical Advisory Board
The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Medical Advisory Committee includes urologists, radiation oncologists, an internist and a rehabilitation specialist and provides technical support to the Foundation.
For more information about the committee or its guidance, please e-mail the Foundation or call (501)379-8027.