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by Todd Pittman   |   January 23, 2017

I am ready to fight Prostate Cancer!

Excited, invigorated, empowered, anxious, motivated, passionate, eager. If you have felt any of these feelings the last couple of weeks, you must have attended the 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Race Directors annual meeting in Orlando, FL.

It was awesome to spend time with the Race Directors from around the country as we band together to fight prostate cancer. In 2017 this group will raise $3.8 million dollars to go towards research, education, and patient assistance. Yes, you read that correctly, $3.8 million dollars is our goal and with the energy level in the room and the addition of several new cities, we will achieve, if not exceed this goal.

During the meeting we celebrated our successes from 2016, ZERO Staff and presenting Race Directors showed us what is new and exciting for 2017, and we shared information among our peers. The advice learned during the meeting will serve as valuable tools as planning occurs for the 2017 races.

We had a great opportunity to listen to Phil Shulka during lunch and learn about his prostate cancer journey and the impact ZERO has had in his life. All in attendance were also surprised by a special guest when Jimmy Charles showed up to sing his song “Superman” and talk to the group about his travels to the different races over the past year and the message he is delivering about prostate cancer.

Don’t be fooled, we also had some fun while we were in Orlando. Many of us laced up our bowling shoes and competed at Splitsville. There was plenty of trash talking and a little bowling. We also learned that Disney Springs is not just fun for the little kids, but us adults can also have fun, whether it is learning new dance moves or secretly wanting to learn how to rap, everyone seemed to enjoy their time together as a group.

At the end of the day, we are a group of people who share a passion to fight prostate cancer. We are a group of people who “get things done”. We are a group of people who enjoy life and want others to enjoy their lives. We are a group and you are not in this alone. We are a unique group of people who have been selected or chosen to put on these spectacular events across the country and raise money for prostate cancer…..Go do your thang!