2018-05-09 / Features

Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation Celebrates 5th Anniversary


Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation President Dennis Latos presented a check for $10,000 to NYU Winthrop and Dr. Katz 
Photos TonyBarsamian Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation President Dennis Latos presented a check for $10,000 to NYU Winthrop and Dr. Katz Photos TonyBarsamian Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation held its Fifth Anniversary Gala at the Garden City Hotel on Thursday, May 3. The foundation honored Dr. Aaron E. Katz, a board-certified urologic oncologist and recognized pioneer and expert of prostate cryosurgery, who is currently the Chairman of Urology at NYU Winthrop Hospital and hosts “Katz’ Corner” on WABC radio on which he discusses men’s health issues.

Peter Latos’ son, Dennis Latos, President of the Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation said, “We are humbled and grateful to be celebrating our five years of fighting prostate cancer for the Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation (PLPCF). We can all agree it is difficult to believe nearly five years have passed since my father’s untimely death.


Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation President Dennis Latos (c.), honored his uncle, committee member Andrew Latos (r.), and Marina Zapantis (l.) for their dedication, hard work, and perseverence as they struggled to bring the Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation to its fifth year. Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation President Dennis Latos (c.), honored his uncle, committee member Andrew Latos (r.), and Marina Zapantis (l.) for their dedication, hard work, and perseverence as they struggled to bring the Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation to its fifth year. “Due to the success of the last two benefits, we have raised over $300,000. We used those monies to provide free prostate cancer screenings to over 100 men, donate to various cancer organizations, such as St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, Christos Voulkoudis Guardian Angel Foundation, as well as a generous donation to Prostate Cancer Research.”

Latos said the foundation’s mission statement of “one simple blood test” was Peter Latos’ dream to prevent others from suffering his fate of advanced prostate cancer. In November 2009, Peter was diagnosed with Stage IV Prostate Cancer, at the young age of 44. “Even while heroically battling his own disease, Peter used his popularity in the community to inform and educate others about this preventable disease. Throughout his suffering and knowing his prognosis, Peter pleaded with us to set up a foundation to get his message of early detection out to as many people as possible. While battling this horrific disease, he researched countless hours and found that prostate cancer is 100% curable if discovered in its early stages. From then, Peter became impassioned about educating every man about PSA testing and early detection.”


Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation President Dennis Latos (l.) and Dr. Aaron E. Katz, MD (r.), the evening’s honoree. Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation President Dennis Latos (l.) and Dr. Aaron E. Katz, MD (r.), the evening’s honoree. Peter Latos was born on May 3, 1965 to Dionysios and Anastasia Gavrielatos (Latos). He and his brother, Andrew attended school at St. Demetrios in Astoria. They both also graduated from law school at Touro College. In 1992, Peter and Andrew’s ultimate dream of opening a practice together materialized with the formation of Latos & Latos, now a household name and staple in the Greek Community. That year, Peter and Julie Latos had their first child Dennis, and their second son Stavros was born in 1994. The law firm continued to flourish.

In 2000, Peter, Andrew, Steve Talides and Tommy Demaras opened the Rock Health and Fitness club serving the Astoria community. Also in 2000, Peter and Andrew became investors in First Central Savings Bank. Unfortunately, in November 2009, Peter was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. He fought his disease vigorously and tried a myriad of options to save his life.

Through his illness he continued to stay active as an investor in various business ventures, including buying the same Greek cable channel that brought his law firm in to homes of their Greek clients in 2012. In January of the same year, he got engaged to Christine Petropoulos.

However, his health took a turn for the worse in May of 2013. He ultimately lost his battle to this horrific disease on June 29, 2013 with his family by his side. Over 1,500 people who came to pay their respects mourned him. He was laid to rest on July 3, 2013 at St. Michael’s cemetery. Various dignitaries, including the Archbishop of the Greek Archdiocese of America and the Consulate General of Greece and Cyprus attended his funeral. His memory is eternal.

The Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation’s (PLPCF) mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide prostate cancer screenings and PSA blood tests for those in need. PLPCF aims to achieve increasing awareness through education and providing information about prostate cancer to the public.

The Peter Latos Prostate Cancer Foundation is located at 22-15 31st Street in Astoria.Visit plpcf.org or call 718-721-7938 for more information.

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