Prostate Cancer and the African American Community – Episode 365

Health, Hope & Inspiration

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Featuring: Keith Shoates

Published: May 6, 2023

Calling all men to prostate cancer awareness.

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Show Notes:

Rev. Percy McCray: I’ve had the privilege of working with many distinguished people from the worlds of politics, professional sports, and entertainment, such as Newt Gingrich, Walter Payton, and Roberta Flack. And I’ve interacted with prominent people of purpose. But sharing the HHI microphone with Keith Shoates, Vice President to Robert Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and one of America’s wealthiest philanthropists, certainly established a new high watermark.

I had the distinct privilege to spend quality time discussing the state of prostate cancer disparities among African American men and what can be done to reverse the trend that shows this social group has been negatively impacted at alarming rates.

Keith was gracious in sharing his time to talk about his motivation and mission for such a worthy cause. Push play now and listen to Keith and I discuss his efforts—sponsored by Smith—to bring awareness and potential change to this social issue.


  • “My dad died from cancer when I was four and left my mom as a single parent raising three boys and a daughter.”
  • “[According to the American Cancer Society,] the statistics that address—that are affecting—Black men is pretty astonishing. For example, one in six—compared to one in eight—Black men suffer from prostate cancer or be diagnosed. One in six for Blacks versus one in eight for their white counterparts.”
  • “We’ve partnered with the folks at Mount Sinai out of New York. And when I say we, I really mean what we call Team Robert, which is Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and philanthropists for whom I work.”

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