Cancer survivor, D-backs CEO Derrick Hall launches charitable foundation

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by azfamily.com

GMAZ interview by Scott Pasmore

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 1:21 PM

PHOENIX -- In an effort to help men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families, Arizona Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall, himself a cancer survivor, launched a new charitable organization -- the Pro-State Foundation.

Hall was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2011. He was just 42. He was very open about his diagnosis and treatment and says his early diagnosis led to successful surgery. Today he is cancer-free and determined to help others who find themselves on the road he already has traveled.

"Cancer can be a frightening journey but a positive state of mind is powerful medicine," Hall told MLB.com. "Our number one goal is to make sure those diagnosed with prostate cancer realize that they're not alone. Through the power of united group efforts, one person can lean on many to overcome the challenges that he faces."

The Pro-State's Foundation website, Pro-State.org, is designed to be a resource for men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. The About page assures patients that they are not alone.

"We surround you with support. We will guide you," the site promises.

Hall echoed that when he talked to 3TV's Scott Pasmore about Pro-State on "Good Morning Arizona" Tuesday.

More than 250,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society. One in six men will be diagnosed in their lifetimes.More than 30,000 men succumb to the disease on an annual basis.

The D-backs will host the second annual Race Against Cancer, presented by University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital on May 3 with proceeds benefiting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and The Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation. For more information or to register for the race, visit dbacks.com/race.

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