Luis Abramson, Founder
My name is Luis Abramson; Founder of Cultivating Healing & Justice Initiative Support Services Inc. (CHJI) a Latino Prostate Cancer Survivor, A Husband, Dad of two, proud retired Law enforcement NYPD Officer, graduate from the New York City of Technology with a degree in Architectural Technology.
I understand and recognized the impact of this illness affecting many of us and our families. I am aware of the many concerns from this type of Cancer and, I saw the opportunity, need and importance to provide information and support to other men walking the same walk similar as mine.
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2020, unfortunately the Medical provider that requested my PSA test in the summer of 2019 did not follow up immediately to proceed with needed evaluations. My PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels were going up after a series of blood work done. I was really concern not knowing what to do, and it was readily apparent there was inadequate support for men with Prostate Cancer diagnosis in my area, and I started to think how I could help remedy that and make a difference in many other men’s lives.
I participated in prostate cancer support groups in NYC and recognized not only their value, but also the importance on educating myself more before making a radical or unnecessary decision. The availability for this type of support group for men of all abilities was geographically, physically, and socially constrained in Orange County NY.
Virtual support groups appeared to resolve manythose constraints while in treatment and I started knocking on doors to find support to bring services to Men of all walks of life, finding themselves traveling long distances to find such support or just missing on the information and alone through this journey.Being a father of a boy with special needs, I decided to form “Cultivating Healing & Justice Initiative Support Services Inc.”, to promote education, prevention, support groups, peer groups and support to their families just like mine affected by both Cancer and Intellectual Developmental Disability.
I participated at the Family Advisory Council for LIFEPlan CCO NY, currently I am the Central Hudson Region NYS PTA Diversity Chair and in 2019 I was an award recipient for outstanding service by PULSES (Parents United Learning the Special Education System), I also participated with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics and their award ceremony as a volunteer with my family. I strongly believe a different perspective can be conducive to creative solutions.
By providing this service I am contributing to society and to each and every man to learn more and to understand that early detection of Prostate Cancer will allow us to have more control over our health and emotional wellbeing to go on.