Hello from 36,000 feet up! I’m on a plane heading to Orlando to meet up with 40 other ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Race Directors for our annual meeting.
I don’t mind trading Texas sunshine for Florida sunshine and this meeting gets me jazzed for the upcoming year of planning and fundraising for a cause that’s very close to home: prostate cancer.
I’m the Race Director in San Antonio and run a local prostate cancer nonprofit, Los Padres. Our event brings together 900+ people from the area to raise awareness and funds to benefit prostate cancer patients in South Texas and around the country. While we like to think things are bigger in Texas, our race wasn’t always this size, but thanks to advice from the race director meetings, we’ve been able to make gains every year. We are hoping our 5th Anniversary is going to be our biggest event yet!
My friends ask me what exactly we do at the meeting, since a lot of the planning happens locally. Sure, we share best practices from each event as well as what didn’t go so well. But the main focus is spent working through how we share the mission to end prostate cancer with more people, and how we ensure that every single one of our participants feels appreciated and eager to be an active member of the prostate cancer community.
For me, it’s not just about the day of the event, but about the work we’re doing year round to get more people involved. I think you will find this meeting embodies that sentiment when you are surrounded by other race directors and ZERO staff – all who are just as passionate about ending this disease.