Statement on the Passing of PCa Blue Founder and CEO John Lupton

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PCa Blue is deeply saddened to announce the loss of our founder and CEO, John Lupton. John, who had previously beaten prostate cancer thanks to early detection of the disease was subsequently diagnosed with a leiomyosarcoma that he battled for several years. He passed away in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night surrounded by his family and with the knowledge that PCa Blue – through John’s tireless energy, enthusiasm and creativity – was making a difference for men and their families through its prostate cancer education and awareness efforts.
 
Even as he battled his illness, John’s passion continued to drive planning efforts for the 2017 Blues for Prostate Cancer Education Tour, kicking off this weekend in Memphis. The April 2 concert featuring Bobby Rush and an appearance by PCa Blue national spokesman Buddy Guy will be a testament to and celebration of John’s singular vision to “connect the dots” between blues music and the prostate cancer cause. 

In recent days, John was clear about his wish for PCa Blue to continue its mission through the work of its board and staff – and with the support of the wide network of sponsors, beneficiaries, partners and friends John had cultivated.
 
“John was an extraordinary man, so talented in so many ways,” said PCa Blue board member and secretary Guy Thomson. “He lived his life full of spirit, love of his friends and family, and dedication to the many purposes he championed in his successful career – culminating in his enthusiasm and expertise for the PCA Blue cause. His legacy will be that thousands of men affected by prostate cancer will benefit by the awareness and education that will be provided in the years to come. A life well-lived. May he Rest in Peace!”

 “Dana and I have lost a very dear friend,” added PCa Blue board secretary Mark Williams, also speaking on behalf of his wife. “We treasure the moments we spent with JohnO over the last 45 years. His enthusiasm and joie de vivre were so infectious. They spilled over to his latest and most important contribution, the fight against prostate cancer. His greatest accomplishment, however, will have been his children, John and Lally, whom he adored. His family and friends will be comforted in the knowledge that JohnO was a good man with a caring heart who invited us into his great adventure. Dana and I will miss him.”

PCA Blue also will be supported going forward by John’s son, John M. Lupton IV. “We are going to miss my dad enormously,” he noted, “but I am very excited to help further the mission of PCa Blue, which was very near and dear to him.”
 
John’s family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to PCa Blue in his memory.

For more information, please contact Interim CEO Ivy Ahmed at ivya@pcablue.org.

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