Blue Boxer Prostate Cancer Research Fund

More than 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. We encourage all men and the women who care about them to make a gift to the Blue Boxer Prostate Cancer Research Fund. Now is an especially good time! Gifts made today will be matched by Absopure — doubling their impact.

Be a victor for prostate cancer

Accelerating Prostate Cancer Research and Discovery

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center is home to one of one the world’s top prostate cancer research teams. We are leading the way in the development of new lifesaving therapies, making many of the most important prostate cancer discoveries in recent history. Pioneering a personalized approach to treatment, we are identifying new methods to understand the unique and complex nature of each person’s disease.

Our efforts include:

  • Using a tumor’s genomic profile to identify the specific gene mutations that started the disease and to track its progression
  • Advancing understanding of different kinds of prostate cancers
  • Developing targeted therapies that precisely attack prostate cancer at the molecular level
  • Initiating, leading and participating in clinical trials involving gene therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and new drugs
  • Pursuing research-based programs around prevention and health issues that may occur after treatment

The Blue Boxer Prostate Cancer Research Fund is accelerating breakthroughs as we strive to bring personalized oncology to patients in Michigan and around the world within the next decade.

Contact Us

For information about prostate cancer care and research at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, visit To learn more about supporting prostate cancer research and the match from Absopure, which has committed $100,000 to this effort, please contact:

Michigan Medicine
Office of Development

3481 Melrose Place
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Behind the Blue Boxer

In 2006, a patient with stage 3 prostate cancer checked in for his first radiation therapy treatment. He was asked to change into a hospital gown and relax in the waiting room. He was instantly uncomfortable.

The second day, he walked out of the changing room in flip flops, a T-shirt and his ornate Patagonia boxer shorts. He made it a habit and one day, two other men were sitting in their boxers. The next time, a few more. With a simple wardrobe change, these men claimed control over their prostate cancer. The care team at U-M deemed them "the Boxer Boys."

Inspired to make a difference, a group of patients soon established the Blue Boxer Prostate Cancer Research Fund using blue boxers as a symbol of solidarity in the face of prostate cancer. Today the fund is promoting prostate cancer research, education and advocacy. We encourage all men to get screened and learn more about the disease — and we encourage everyone to take on prostate cancer with us to improve and save lives.

About Prostate Cancer

  • Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among American men.
  • This year, approximately 161,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, representing 9.6 percent of all cancer diagnoses, and an estimated 26,730 men will die from the disease.
  • In 2014, there were an estimated 3 million men living with prostate cancer in the United States.

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