Y’all, Charlotte, North Carolina sure knows how to make an impact in the fight against prostate cancer! It was early Spring when Urology Specialists of the Carolinas decided to host the first ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Charlotte this year and from the start they set their sights on breaking a first-year race record. Their ambitious goal: to raise $100,000 to help support local prostate cancer patients and their families.
They formed a team of rock-star volunteers to organize the race, set a race date of September 15th – the heart of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and got down to business, meeting every couple of weeks to ensure the success of this community event. Sponsors quickly made commitments, hundreds were registering to participate, and donations started pouring in.
It was a joy working along side a committee of such amazing volunteers to reach our goals. We each had our own tasks including promoting the race, recruiting participants, and arranging logistical details. It was Dr. Dan Watson who really rallied the troops and inspired us all with his passion and determination. He set the bar high and wouldn’t give up on our goal to break that first-year race record. He asked every one of his patients to participate and to donate. He was hard to say “no” to!
How motivating it was to see such support in the community come together! Finally, September arrives and we were ready to run and then Hurricane Florence arrived on the shores of the Carolinas. We quickly rescheduled the race to November 10th and were relieved to see Charlotte come through with minimal damage.
Turned out that November 10th was a great day to run/walk to end prostate cancer—we had more than 400 folks come out to the race. It was especially rewarding to celebrate with the men who are prostate cancer patients and survivors and their families. You are who we fight for!
Charlotte also crushed their fundraising goal – reaching a total impact of more than $122,000 raised to support ZERO’s patient support and advocacy efforts to help us reach Generation ZERO, the first generation free of the disease!
Congratulations to Urology Specialists of the Carolinas and everyone in the Queen City! Thank you for your southern hospitality and so much more. According to Dr. Watson, the Charlotte run/walk will be bigger and better next year and I have no doubt it will be. What an honor to be part of this supportive and generous community!