R&B singer Charlie Wilson has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Currently undergoing treatment, Wilson says "While I was surprised to discover that this disease strikes one out of every six American men, I was astounded to learn that African American men are 1.6 times more likely than others to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. My wife, Mahin, and I are very fortunate. I was lucky to be diagnosed and begin treatment early. My prognosis is excellent."
Wilson, the former front man for R&B group The Gap Band, is set to release his long anticipated album "Uncle Charlie" February 17th, was diagnosed in September.
"When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September, I thought to myself ‘I’m too young… this isn’t a cancer I should be getting."
Taking his diagnosis as an opportunity to inform others, Wilson has partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
According to PCF, Wilson will raise funds to support prostate cancer research, specifically by supporting a PCF Creativity Research Grant. These grants support creative research ideas with high potential and no current funding. They encourage the development of high-risk/high-reward concepts that, if successful, could provide the basis for dramatically reducing death and suffering from prostate cancer. They are intended to bridge the gap between an idea and the results necessary to justify increased funding. Those wanting to make a donation to the Charlie Wilson-PCF Creativity Research Grant can go to:
"Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe