Currently serving as President of MANUP Buffalo and an 8-year prostate cancer survivor, Richard also works as Patient Navigator in Patient Advocacy at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Richard is a founding member of MANUP Buffalo Carnegie Mellon Department of Theatre alumnus, Richard is Vice-President and in charge of Media Relations and Special Projects for Buffalo ComedySportz (CSz Buffalo). Richard has been doing improv comedy since 1994, performing and teaching with Buffalo ComedySportz since 1996. Richard is also Co-Creator of Buffalo’s newest improv sketch comedy show, ‘Chillin’. He is a Co-Founder & Business Manager of BusinessTheatre Works, LLC, a workplace consulting company, which specializes in developing and implementing workplace-educational/training programs and has worked for companies as diverse as Disney and Cisco Systems to the United States Postal Service and NASA. Richard has over 33 years’ experience as an actor for stage, film, voice-overs and commercials. Richard has worked on such plays as ‘Raisin in the Sun’ and ‘Lobby Hero’ as well as having been seen in the SyFy Channels, ‘Battledogs’ and CBS’s ‘Three Rivers’. You can also see Richard in, ‘Not Human’ and B.O.Y.D which recently won the WNY Best Acting Ensemble at the Buffalo Dreams Film Festival. Also, look for Richard in the feature film ‘Nicholas of Myra’ in theatres this Christmas 2015. He’s a proud Member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA (Actors Equity Association).
As the son of a prostate cancer survivor, Ramon began talking to his doctor early about prostate cancer. Upon reaching the age of 40, he immediately began screening for the disease. Ramon was later diagnosed with prostate cancer, but through early detection Ramon was successfully treated. "I 'm very open and willing to share my experience. The only way to prevent cancer is through education", says Ramon, who is now a five-year prostate cancer survivor. Ramon is an original founding member of MANUP Buffalo. Ramon, who worked as a public safety officer for world-renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute for several years, recounts as one of his daily duties, he was called to oversee security for the laboratories where PSA test was developed. “I never knew that one day the important research being done to test for prostate cancer would one day save my life!” Ramon is very passionate about prostate cancer awareness and continues to conduct presentations in the community in English and in Spanish. Being knowledgeable about the effects of prostate cancer within the Latino community and has a Latino prostate cancer survivor he continues to educate those in his community about the disease.
Gil is a retired teacher and school administrator for the Buffalo Public Schools system. As an educator, he believes in the power of social capital of community gatekeepers, especially those who represent underserved communities, in educating those constituencies they may represent on such important issues relating to health and the reduction of health disparities for specific populations of people. “In 2008, I, along with others, was asked to serve on a unique focus group comprised of just men to provide input to research being conducted by a prominent Roswell Park urologist and surgeon on prostate cancer education delivery that would mostly target minority men,” said Gil. ‘After about the third month of meetings and providing input and our advice, I along with my fellow focus group colleagues became alarmed at the large number of minority men in Western New York who were dying from prostate cancer only because they didn’t routinely talk to their personal physicians about the subject, didn’t know what their risk factors were before being diagnosed, in many cases much too late, with the disease, and because they were not routinely screened for the disease. Our answer to this dilemma ultimately became what we now know as MANUP Buffalo—I am proud to be an original founding member of this important organization.” Gil, who reports “never having prostate cancer but has experienced first-hand the damage the disease causes on so many lives” has served as MANUP Buffalo treasure since the group’s formal inception in 2010.
Presently serving in Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research as its Community Relations Coordinator, in 2008 Terry was asked by the Office’s director to work with her community health educator to identify and recruit local men who represented various underserved communities in Western New York to serve as part of a focus group for one of the Institute’s prominent urologists and researchers who was looking to design a prostate cancer educational tool for local populations. The group of men recruited for this purpose ultimately became the MANUP Buffalo organization. From 2000-2008, Terry served as Coordinator for the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition, whose duties included community mobilization, media affairs, grant-writing and smoke-free environments advocacy. Terry is listed as a contributor to over 20-puiblished scientific articles in prominent medical and research journals and publications across the United States/world. As the main facilitator of MANUP Buffalo on behalf of Roswell Park and the Office of Disparities, Terry continues to provide guidance and/or support whenever necessary or called upon to do so. Terry is also the main facilitator of MANUP Buffalo’s signature event: Cruisin’ for a Cure Buffalo Car Show and Prostate Screening event, which occurs on the campus of Roswell Park annually.