The Urology Care foundation was founded in 1987 as the American Foundation for Urologic Disease (AFUD) and began managing a Research Scholars Program. For urologists like, Dr. Donald Sonn, the work of the AFUD, who changed its name to simply the Urology Care Foundation in 2012, has been a valuable tool in research and public education efforts.
As the official foundation of the American Urological Association, The Urology Care foundation works to provide awareness to the public of urologic diseases and symptoms through patient education materials and national public health campaigns such as, “Know your Stats about Prostate Cancer”, “It’s Time to talk about OAB”, and “It’s Time to talk about SUI”. These campaigns not only help people to recognize symptoms but also normalize the need to speak with doctors about issues that some may find embarrassing. The foundation also provides support through over twenty patient advocacy partnerships with various groups in order to advance the education and urologic healthcare provided to those affected by urologic diseases.
Dr. Donald Sonn has worked in his current practice in Springfield, Massachusetts for over seventeen years and knows that awareness for patients is an important aspect of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. When patients make their health a priority they are able to better observe symptoms and seek medical attention when something is wrong. Early detection of many diseases can provide for better treatment plans and results. Likewise, awareness of family medical history and diseases one may be more susceptible to can aid in prevention and treatment measures as well. The Urology Care Foundation is there to support those suffering from urologic diseases and provide information on symptoms and treatment options.